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The latest appointments are in line with company strategy, as the group expands its operational footprint in the African E&P sector. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Africa-focused oil & gas production, development and exploration group, Tende Energy, has undergone a management reshuffle with the appointment of Mark Henderson as the chief executive officer of Tende Energy North Africa 

Henderson has been associated with Tende Energy since 18 December 2017, when he was working as a chief financial officer in the company. 

He will be stepping down from the board to focus on the company’s North African operations, where he has been leading a Tunisian team to build its onshore activities. Over the last six months, he and his team are also working to tap into the potential of offshore operations in the region. Tende Energy has set an example in the Tunisian upstream by introducing an exclusively Tunisian crew and support team

Besides concentrating on the assets in Tunisia that were acquired last year, Henderson will continue to work on the Anglo Tunisian Oil and Gas business as well. 

His previous position as the chief financial officer will be taken over by John McMurtrie, who brings in more than 20 years of experience in the E&P sector.

Previously, as a CFO with the UK-based Cornerstone Resources Group, McMurtrie worked on the execution of the Petrogas farm-in to the Abbey development and Baker exploration prospects in the Southern North Sea.

Advancing asset transactions in Angola

Jack Pryde, chairman, Tende Energy, said, “The latest appointments are in line with our strategy, as the group expands its operational footprint in the African E&P sector. Mark and his team will continue to achieve further critical mass with the group’s onshore and offshore assets in Tunisia, building on the achievements since taking control in Summer 2023. John brings additional sector experience to our management team, having worked at senior financial management level in the listed E&P sector for the last decade. He is experienced in asset and company farm-in/out transactions. This will come to the fore as we get closer to completing our asset transactions in Angola and move onto the listing of the company’s shares on the London stock market.”

Pecan Energies Ghana CEO Kadijah Amoah. (Image source: Pecan Energies)

There are massive opportunities in emerging African oil territories. As the industry establishes itself, new energy businesses are laying the foundation for sustainable, long-term relationships that unlock prosperity for their host nations, writes Pecan Energies Ghana CEO Kadijah Amoah 

With more African countries emerging as significant energy frontiers, and new discoveries in places like Namibia heralding the establishment of greenfields industries that could really boost regional GDP, there are likely to be many oil businesses entering the continent in years to come.

It is interesting, then, to understand what energy companies are likely to face as they enter these new territories. For Pecan Energies, we have embarked on just such a journey, as we work to develop our interest in the offshore deep waters of Ghana.

Pecan Energies is a uniquely African business, owned by Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a pan-African multilateral development financial institution with 40 member countries – including Ghana. Our African ownership roots instill a profound commitment to the continent's economic development, an obligation to invest in creating jobs, building local capacity, retaining value on the continent and driving economic growth.

Pecan Energies is currently in the pre-development phase of our investment, and making good progress towards final investment decision (FID) on our 50% participating interest in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block, 115 km offshore Ghana.

Ghana oil industry

The Ghana oil sector is itself in the early stages of its development, with the first commercial oil coming on stream in 2010, after the discovery of the Jubilee offshore field in 2007. Currently, Ghana produces around 170,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bopd) and about 325 mn standard cu/ft per day of natural gas.

By comparison, the Namibian discovery is projected to reach around 700,000 bopd of peak production within the next decade.

The Ghana government has announced its intention to boost oil and gas production by continuing to sell exploration rights, in order to generate revenue to fund its energy transition and avoid economic turbulence.

The Ghana oil sector may provide some clues as to how emerging frontier territories will develop. For Pecan Energies, while we advance through the early developmental phases of our project, we have looked to lay the foundation for strong local partnerships and ongoing opportunities to develop the domestic sector.

This is not an overnight process, and we have already been active in Ghana for many years, since our first discovery breakthroughs.

Local content planning

In that time, we have been able to craft a robust local-content plan aimed at developing the local workforce in a progressive and realistic manner.

Recently, we conducted an internal survey to establish the competency and skill sets of Ghanaian industry professionals and companies, and adjusted our local content plans and targets accordingly, aligning them with industry growth trends.

With this in mind, we aim to build the capacity of young Ghanaians in the crucial areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), which we believe are essential for the future of the Ghanaian economy and the energy sector.

Our Pecan Inspire Scholarship Programme, focuses on prioritising investments in these educational subjects. We have so far awarded full scholarships to 141 students to pursue various courses at tertiary institutions across the country. More than a 1000 students have also received full scholarships to study at the senior high school level, all before we begin commercial production of oil.

Empowering the workforce

We have also been very deliberate with our human resource development investments. For instance, during our exploration-and-appraisal drilling campaign in 2019, we had a workforce comprising 70% Ghanaians on the deepwater rig at one point. This included all levels of expertise – from trainees and technicians to engineers and supervisors, exemplifying Pecan Energies' commitment to empowering the local workforce.

Our local content plan is geared towards the development of human capital. Currently, Pecan Energies Ghana boasts a 100% Ghanaian workforce.

We are committed to ensuring that when we reach financial close on the next stage of our project, we will look to strike the balance between economic growth through oil production and the need to mitigate our climate impact. We will achieve this balance through several focused interventions:

Firstly, we will integrate sustainable practices into every phase of our operations. This includes, as far as possible, employing energy-efficient technologies and processes in our floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, aiming to minimise emissions and reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

Secondly, we are committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by conducting the best available technology assessments and energy efficiency design studies in the initial stages of project development. By optimising equipment and operational procedures, Pecan Energies aims to keep emissions as low as reasonably practicable.

Thirdly, recognising the importance of social sustainability, Pecan Energies will continue to actively engage with local communities wherever we operate. This means not only ensuring that local populations benefit from the economic opportunities we aim to unlock, but also involving them in decision-making processes related to environmental conservation.

Fourthly, we are fully compliant with environmental impact assessments (EIA) requirements, and we conduct thorough assessments before initiating any new projects. This helps to identify any potential environmental risks and also allows the company to implement mitigation strategies proactively.

Finally, we plan to be a thought leader by leveraging pan-African and international engagement platforms – such as the forthcoming AOW event in Cape Town – to advocate for responsible exploration and production that truly benefits the community and the continent as well as increased investment in renewable energy by African countries. We believe this can be achieved by reinvesting the  revenues derived from oil production into renewable energy initiatives.

Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO of Fertiglobe. (Image source: Fertiglobe)

Fertiglobe, the seaborne exporter of urea and ammonia, and nitrogen fertiliser producer from the Middle East and North Africa region, reported Q1 2024 revenue of US$552mn, adjusted EBITDA of US$223mn, and adjusted net profit of US$119mn

In Q1 2024, ammonia prices retreated from their levels in Q4 2024 on easing supply disruptions and lower gas prices compared to the previous quarter, while urea prices were impacted by mixed trends due to favourable weather incentivising demand in North America coinciding with delayed planting in Europe, as well as lower-than-expected tender uptake in India, partially offset by healthy demand in other key regions including Brazil and Australia.

Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO of Fertiglobe, commented, “We are pleased to report a strong quarter, marked by a 5% year-on-year increase in our own-produced sales volumes, driven by higher production and lower ending inventories, which led to a 22% and 1% increase in ammonia and urea own-produced sales volumes, respectively. This demonstrates continued efforts by our manufacturing and commercial teams to prioritise our key strategic objectives, paving the way for further operational milestones over the course of the year, by capitalising on our robust in-house capabilities and logistics footprint. It is worth noting that these results were delivered in an environment of market volatility and softer prices in Q1, on lower crop and energy prices as well as reduced imports from India and Europe, coupled with an improved supply situation with recent curtailments being reversed.

"Fertiglobe has continued to make good progress on its cost optimisation programme, having achieved 60% of its US$50mn run rate target implemented by the end of March 2024, and remains on track to realise the full target by the end of 2024. In addition, there is potential to generate at least US$100mn in incremental annual EBITDA by the end of 2025 compared to 2023, driven by improved production and energy efficiency within its ongoing manufacturing improvement plan (MIP). Together, these two initiatives have potential to generate US$150mn of incremental EBITDA by the end of 2025, representing an approximately 15% increase compared to 2023.

"These initiatives bolster Fertiglobe's cash flow generation across cycles, supporting the company’s already healthy free cash flow conversion and robust balance sheet, and enabling Fertiglobe to balance growth spending on value accretive projects and dividend payments.

"In addition, Fertiglobe remains firmly focused on technology, innovation and digitalisation, and is investing in the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) throughout its operations to unlock value, enhance efficiencies, and reduce emissions. The company is harnessing data integration and predictive analytics applications to support business objectives by improving the performance of equipment, processes, and facilities, while also implementing AI-powered analytics at its sites to enhance safety and reliability.

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to our exceptional team, whose dedication has been instrumental in our achievements. Their unwavering commitment to safety and excellence has been pivotal in our transformation into a leading global enterprise, which is about to embark on an exciting new chapter of growth and value creation following ADNOC’s acquisition of OCI's 50% equity stake, which will take ADNOC's ownership to a majority 86.2%. Together, we have immense confidence in Fertiglobe's ability to continue passing milestones and setting new standards for our industry.”

The Nigerian government is pushing policies to attract investment in the oil and gas sector. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu signed an Executive Order for US$10bn investments in oil and gas. 

Tinubu was speaking at the opening of a two-day retreat on economic transformation and development organised by the House of Representatives. 

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, Tinubu also disclosed that the Federal Government signed the consolidated guidelines for implementing fiscal incentives for the oil and gas sector.

He said, “The Executive Order streamlines contracting processes, procedures, and timelines from 36 months to six months. The order also seeks to ensure that local content requirements are implemented without impeding investments or the cost competitiveness of oil and gas projects.

“All of these have the same objective – to reduce government interference with the commercial imperatives of businesses in the country so that businesses based here can be competitive and focus on their core objectives of economic growth through innovation and trade.

“We will need the support of the National Assembly to fully implement some of these reforms, as statutory changes will be required in some areas.
“I am confident that when the time comes, the governing partnership we have established between the Executive and the Legislature will ensure that these changes are effected swiftly to benefit our nation.

"Your actions have substantially fortified the legal framework of the Students Tertiary Education Loan Program, ensuring its efficient implementation. These achievements are a testament to the power of our partnership and the positive impact it can have on our nation.

“The legislature must have the capacity to monitor the executive, and the executive, in turn, should be willing to comply with the legislative enactments.

“It is not just a coincidence but a strategic advantage for our country that the governing relationship between the Executive and the Legislature perfectly reflects this ideal.

“As you know, my administration is implementing significant policy changes to reform how we govern and position our country for progress and shared prosperity for all citizens.”

Tinubu said, “These reforms, while necessary and, in some cases, long overdue, are not without their challenges. I am deeply grateful for your unwavering support and understanding during these times. Your understanding and support have been invaluable, and I am confident that with our continued collaboration, we can overcome any challenges that lie ahead.
“The oil and gas industry has long been the lifeblood of our national economy. My administration is working tirelessly to change this and diversify our economy from overreliance on the production of fossil fuels. However, we are also determined to maximise revenue potential from this critical industry.

“For this reason, we are pushing policies to attract investment in the oil and gas sector.”

He continued, “We can only justify our collective mandate and the trust our people repose in us through constructive collaboration between the National Assembly and the Executive. This joint effort is the minimum the people who voted for us expect from us.

“However, the very essence of checks and balances means there will be times when the executive and legislative prerogatives inevitably collide. Above all else, the national interest must guide our decisions in those moments. We share a common responsibility in shaping the future of our nation, and it is through our collaboration that we can effectively fulfil this duty."

With more than a decade of extensive experience in corporate communications, public relations, and stakeholder engagement, Otoa brings a wealth of expertise to UNOC. (Image source: UNOC)

The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) has announced the appointment of Tony Otoa as its new chief corporate affairs officer 

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