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TotalEnergies Commits To Grooming Young Leaders

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An International Oil Company (IOC), TotalEnergies, has restated its commitment to grooming tomorrow’s leaders using its Book Reading programme as a way of helping children to deal with all distractions, including social media.
Deputy Managing Director, Joint Venture Assets (JVA), TotalEnergies, Guillaume Dulout, made this known at the company’s 2022 Book Reading and Open Day held in Port Harcourt for Senior Secondary Schools in Rivers State, weekend.
Represented by General Manager, Facilities Management and Administration, Mr Patrick Somiari, Dulout noted that it was exciting to the Book Reading event, being the first physical book reading event after the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions.
He added that TotalEnergies would apply the Book Reading and Open Day programme, with the theme, “Today A Reader, Tomorrow A Leader”, to drive a sustained measure to nurture children into becoming successful leaders of tomorrow.
He explained that the annual Book Reading programme is TotalEnergies/NNPC Joint Venture’s goodwill to encourage students to embrace reading as a way of life, noting that “Open Day presents a window to share career paths and opportunities in order to guide the students to make informed and rewarding career decisions”.
Observing that reading did not come without some difficulties, Dulout encouraged the students to continue to push as it was the only way to prepare for leadership.
According to him, “being a leader does not usually come without effort. Thankfully, the few who put in the work prepare themselves to be leaders when the opportunity comes.
“Perhaps, nothing positions you better for leadership than reading. You must read; read regularly, read voraciously. It was in that light that the English philosopher and statesman, Sir Francis Bacon, observed that ‘Reading maketh a full man’.
“Reading involves a considerable level of concentration and thus, nurtures patience. What follows is better vocabulary and knowledge. Indeed, patience, knowledge and a rich reservoir of vocabulary help you establish the identity of a leader. Reading nurtures values that make you a leader”.
He stated that the book chosen for the event, “Diary of Fatherland”, by Charles Nelson, was chosen for its content as it would increase their appetite for books and place them on the path of leadership.
“You must start reading today. The book we have chosen to read at today’s event, ‘Diary of Fatherland’ by Charles Nelson, is designed to heighten your appetite for books and place you on the path of leadership.
“Of course, you will not find reading a piece of cake or undemanding, especially in the times we live in. If dealing with the appeal of the traditional media, especially TV and cinema, was difficult, the proliferation and allure of the social media would make reading more challenging.
“But don’t allow these media and their devices to be a drag on your dream of becoming a leader. I believe all the distractions that are incidental to young ones today have magnified the importance of the Book Reading & Open Day programme”, he said.
He charged them, saying, “Participate, be attentive, be involved, read. My sincere hope is that at the end of today’s programme, you would make the decision to be a reader, a leader”.
In his remarks, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof Prince Chinedu Mmom, charged the students to sustain their reading habits as there was no short cut to academic progress.
Participants were drawn from 10 Rivers Senior Secondary Schools, including Bluebell Montessori International Secondary School; Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta; Army Day Secondary School, Bori Camp; Community Secondary School, Okporo; Community Secondary School, Rumuomasi; Community Secondary School Rukpokwu; Graceland International School; Community Comprehensive  Secondary School, Rumuokwurusi; Tantua International Group of Schools; and Government Technical College, Port Harcourt.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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Non-Oil Export Will Guarantee Nigeria’s Economic Survival – NEPC

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says non-oil export will guarantee Nigeria’s economic survival.
Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak,  said this in a news briefing heralding the NEPC Export Week scheduled from November 21 to 26.
Yakusak emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace the non-oil export critical in growing the economy, providing more jobs and addressing insecurity in the country.
Describing the Export Week as first of its kind to be organised by the council, Yakusak said it was NEPC’s strategic efforts of imbibing, sustaining and deepening an export culture in the non-oil export ecosystem.
“This we will implement through series of engagements with key stakeholders within the exporting community and indeed the general public.
“Only recently, precisely on April 26 and 27, 2022, the Council held its maiden National Conference on Non-oil Export with the theme “Export for Survival: Optimising Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Potentials”.
“The conference provided a veritable platform for stakeholders in the non-oil export sector to ventilate ideas on current and emerging issues affecting the non-oil export sector.
“In this wise, the Export Week is a continuation of that engagement with critical stakeholders and discerning members of the public.
“The objective is to keep the ‘Export4Survival’ campaign in the front burner of national discourse using the Export Week as a strategic information and communication tool to change the narratives,’’ he said.
According to the NEPC boss, “we envisage that the Export Week will provide a path for business and sector led activities to thrive as well as help entrepreneurs particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) look out for new opportunities in the sector.
“Therefore, it is vital for these businesses to have the support and information they need to become successful.
“It is against this backdrop that the Council has lined up series of events to mark the Export Week.
“However, it is important to state that one of the key objectives of the Export Week is to highlight the significance of exporting to the country’s economy by strengthening and deepening interactions and partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sector,’’ he said.
Yakusak added that the ultimate goal was to ensure that the events that were lined up would become an avenue for massive recruitment of people into the non-oil export net.
“We want Nigerians to step into the reality that the only way to guarantee our economic survival is through non-oil export”.
“We are therefore embarking on a massive sensitisation and renewed partnerships with the private and public sector, not just at the national level but also at the sub-national level,’’ he said.
He said revenue generated from non-oil exports which increased to 2.6 billion dollars from January to June 2022 spurred the council into organising the Export Week.
Th Tide’s source reports that activities lined up for the Export Week include: launching of “Export4Survival” Campaign by the Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo and a symposium with the theme “Strengthening the Non-Oil Export Sector for National Development”.
Others are an export inclusiveness day for women and youth, the Export4Survival walk and a variety show and gala night to be held on Thursday, November 24.
Yakusak said the Exporters’ Award and Gala Night to be held on Nov 26 in Lagos would recognise and celebrate exporters who were consistent in recording appreciable successes, thereby contributing to the growth and development of the country’s economy.

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Shell Completes 225,000 bpd Bonga FPSO Vessel Maintenance 

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Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has announced the completion of the Turn Around  Maintainance (TAM) of its offshore Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel, christened Bonga.
The announcement is contained in a statement issued by the company’s Media Relations Manager, Mrs Abimbola Essien-Nellson.
The Tide’s source learnt that the completion of the mandatory overhaul of the facility would increase oil production by about 225,000 barrels per day.
“Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) is pleased to announce that the 2022 Turn around Maintenance (TAM) of the Bonga floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) has been completed.
“The 225,000 bpd capacity FPSO was shut down on October 18, 2022, to carry out statutory inspections, recertifications and other critical asset integrity restoration activities.
“The 2022 TAM which was originally planned for 30 days was completed in 22 days on November 9, 2022, thanks to excellent front-end planning and flawless execution.
“Commissioning and start-up activities are in progress and will culminate in ramp up of oil and gas production in the coming days,” shell stated.

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Total Energies Moves To Achieve Global Mandate On Renewable Energy 

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A major sponsor of the just-concluded 40th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), TotalEnergies, has in line with the conference theme, “Global Energy Transition and The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Evolving Regulations, Emerging Concepts and Opportunity”,  presented a major paper on Health Safety and Environment’s Role in Climate Change, with the topic, “Ocean Bottom Nodes Seismic for Better Field Management”.
Delivering the paper, TotalEnergies’  HSE Performance Coordinator, Ejiro  Erharhaghen, noted that  the industry has been encumbered by operational and or cost limitations.
He said the relatively new Ocean Bottom Node(OBN) technology, could significantly reduce the logistical encumbrances.
Furthermore, he hinted that the evolution of OBN technology enables the improvement of subsurface imaging bring about higher returns on investment, improved risk reduction and accelerate the pace of unlocking the prize.
The company also held technical sessions at its Exhibition Booth, where a large turnout of students, business people, investors and visitors were educated about the company, while the technical experts through different sessions, dealt with topics relating to the theme of the conference.
Visitors to the TotalEnergies booth were also lectured on topics covering maters relating to jobs opportunities and career placements, contract and procurement requirements, Corporate Social Responsibility and Health and Medical issues in the company.
In another highly technical presentation on Acquisition, Processing 3D and 4D Joint Inversion – Egina Field Case Study, the company  gave details of its exploration activities on the Egina field in  conformity with the standards and regulations that meet global best practices.
The event which had major key players in the Oil and Gas industry from both local and international platforms, exhibited their products and services.
The conference started with a management session highlighting on the Decade of Gas Initiative, where experts contributed diversely on factors to improve the Lower Carbon Drive in the country.
Earlier in his opening remarks,  the President of NAPE, Dr James Edet,  said, “The Lower carbon drive is a challenge of this present age, and we have, at this event aligned critical stakeholders to deliberate and present workable collaborative solutions to our industry and also shared their current learnings as we continue to adapt to this green revolution.”
“Furthermore, there are other contending and increasingly relevant issues such as: energy security; the dynamics of gas development, commercialisation and monetisation; development of Nigeria’s under-explored gas rich cretaceous basins; and how Nigeria will adapt her policies and diversify her energy portfolio in the energy transition era so as to achieve sustainable growth for her economy,” he added.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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