Engr. Charles Odita's recent press brief at the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit that was held in Asaba, Delta State on 26th August,2016

Midwestern Oil Urges Delta to Step up Power Generation

The quest by the Delta State Government to establish a solid base for industrialization might remain a mirage unless deliberate efforts are made towards ensuring power generation and availability for production purposes.

Charles Odita, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited, who gave the advice at the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit in Asaba, noted that state desire for massive industrial takeoff could only be realized with a solid power base in place.

While commending the State Government for its concerted efforts at “providing the right and enabling environment for private participation and investment”, he stressed the need for Delta State to generate its own power.

Odita pointed out that the state government quest for huge industrialization would continue to be hampered by poor energy supply despite that the state had a “large share of gas reserve”.

Most of the megawatts (MW) of power generated from the state is not within the power of the state to control as it is fed into the National Grid, he observed.

He noted that since all facets of industrialization demand energy to run them successfully and profitably in a sustainable way, the issue of regular and readily available power supply could not be over-emphasized.

He said he also shared the views of former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, that to launch Delta State industrially required huge financial outlay.

The Midwestern Oil boss, therefore, urged stakeholders, particularly oil and gas bearing communities to brace up to the challenge by venturing into the upstream sector of the industry through meaningful investment.

“A lot of finance is required to support any meaningful and sustainable industrialization effort”, Odita noted, adding that the host communities could pool resources together and also take advantage of the Nigerian or local content launch pad existing in the country.] Moreover Odita appealed to the people, especially youths involved in various agitations, to give peace a chance as the disruption of the operations of oil companies through destruction of pipelines and oil facilities are counterproductive.

Insecurity remains a centrifugal force that scares off existing and potential investors, he noted, adding that all hands must be on deck to tackle the problem of insecurity as international investors who naturally expect returns from their investment could not afford to lose their valuable infrastructure to violent agitators.

He noted that the Okowa administration was treading the right path with its disposition to economic and investment issues, as inward-looking mechanism remained the best way to go in the desire to establish Delta State as the industrial hub of Nigeria after Lagos State.

Midwestern Oil & Gas reaches 10m man-hours safety milestone

Production up to 30,000bpd

An indigenous oil firm, Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited, owned by a group of Nigerian investors and the Delta State Government, has achieved operational safety milestone of 10 million man-hours without lost time injury (LTI).

Its Executive Director, Technical, Mr. Victor Okolo, told reporters that achieving such a safety feat, especially in a challenging environment such as the upstream arm of the oil and gas industry is outstanding, adding that the 10 million man-hours operation without incidence of lost time injury was achieved on September 17. The company has 16 wells.

Okolo said: “Midwestern Oil and Gas was incorporated in 1999. In 2001, we started our operations. In 2003, the firm was awarded 70 per cent interest in Umusadege field in oil mining lease (OML) 56 located in Kwale, Delta State. We were awarded the operatorship of that field with SunTrust Oil Company Limited as our joint venture partner that holds 30 per cent interest.

“Midwestern O il and Gas was one of the 29 marginal fields the Federal Government put on offer at that time. The company currently has capacity to produce about 30,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from 3,000bpd. But we have other interests in OML 18, one of the divested assets of Shell Petroleum Development Company through Eroton Exploration & Production Company Limited.

“We also operate a pipeline through Umugini Asset Company Limited (UACL), a pipeline company which constructed a 51.4km pipeline from Umusadege to Eriemu for injecting crude into the Trans Forcados Pipeline.

“Our space is the upstream oil and gas and it is a challenging environment where we need to exercise a lot of caution in our activities, which spans drilling to production and crude export. All these activities have elements of risks attached to them. In conducting these operations, it is important that all the personnel who are involved in these activities, at a minimum, are able to go back home to meet their families and loved ones. This is what we have achieved as at September 17. 10 million man-hours have been performed without incidence of lost time injury (LTI), which is a significant milestone. 10 million man-hours is a lot of years in the life of a person but we appreciate that several people are working simultaneously in our operations and cumulatively were able to achieve it. These include our employees, contractors and vendors that provide services to us. Without their contributions we would not be able to achieve this.”

He also noted that community relations were keen, adding that the cordial relationship with their host communities ensured peaceful coexistence and successful operation. The safety feat is also a celebration of contributions from our host communities, they are engaged in our activities. They provide services to us directly, through personnel and contractors.

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager, Anthony Okoye, said the company was able to achieve the safety milestone because management’s commitment to safety was topnotch, adding the firm has a programme called management facility inspection, which enables the management to see what happens not just in Lagos but in the fields where the major hazards are resident. This programme enables the managment to look at the business from the beginning to the end, identifying the hazards and mitigating them.

‘’The firm is also in collaboration with International Human Resources Development Corporation, United States, to enhance the knowledge base of the personnel. There is saftey contractor management, this ensures that contractors play by the rule of the game.  Beyond all these, we comply with regulations. Don’t forget that oil and gas industry is one of the most regulated environments, we also have HSE controls internally,’’ he added.

Okowa Hails Midwestern Oil on CSR Projects

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commended Midwestern Oil and Gas (MWOG) for a remarkable contribution to the growth of its host communities through its many Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

Okowa, who made the remark during the inauguration of the Amenity ward in Kwale General Hospital and that of the rehabilitated Akala street, as well as the award of 40 scholarships to students, noted that Midwestern Oil and Gas, has over the years been a partner in the development of its host communities.
Represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Okowa remarked that  consistently, the oil company had been showing acts of commendable corporate social responsibility.

He further promised that as a result of the company’s CSR record, there would be continued partnership with government just as government would ensure that its operations and activities in the state enjoy maximum protection.
“We are happy to say that Midwestern Oil and Gas has continued to be responsible in joining hands with government to develop its host communities. And I can therefore assure them that they will never regret coming to Kwale for their exploration activities,” Okowa said.

 

Earlier in his address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Charles Oditah,  said the company  has established a tradition of partnering the communities in its operation area by assisting in various areas of need like provision of road networks,  provision of transformers to boost electricity supply, provision of solar-powered boreholes, building of and equipping blocks of classrooms, offer of scholarships, as well as training youths in various skill acquisition schemes, among others.
He further noted that the 20-bed Amenity ward at the Kwale General Hospital which was commissioned last Monday to provide additional comfort and privacy to patients “was constructed and fully equipped by the Midwestern JV as part of its contribution to improving health care facilities and economic development of the people of our host communities. In the same vein, we undertook the full rehabilitation of the Akala Road”, adding that, “we also have many other ongoing projects that we will also commission in a couple of months.”

Oditah who tasked the host communities to always co-operate with the company by ensuring that they also mount surveillance on the safety of oil facilities in the area to forestall vandalism, crude theft and all such vices that affect profitable production, informed that the scholarship scheme offered to the students drawn from both the community and across the state carries annual price of N150,000 to aid in the tuition, books and academic expenses of beneficiaries.

 

Midwestern Oil Restates Commitment to Host Community Development

The Managing Director of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company, Mr. Charles Odita, has advised Nigerian youths to utilise every available opportunity to better their lives and to be economically independent especially now that the opportunity for white collar jobs is slimmer.

Odita gave the advice yesterday during the presentation of starter-packs to 26 youths who successfully completed the two-year skills acquisition training organised as part of the company’s empowerment and corporate responsibility, in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

The Managing Director/CEO of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited received an award of recognition for his contribution to the Engineering Profession by The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)

 

The Managing Director/CEO of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited received an award of recognition for his contribution to the Engineering Profession by The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island branch during their Public Lecture and Induction of New members. 

He also delivered a lecture at the event, speaking on the topic “Engineering Nigeria out of recession by Engineers”.

Moved by the urgent need to get Nigeria out of recession, experts have urged engineers to rise up as innovators to provide products and services which offer something different from the norm.

The call, they said became necessary because of the multifaceted role of the engineering profession towards engendering quick recovery from economic recession by stimulating growths and development of the country.

Leading the call at a public lecture and induction of new members organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island Branch, the Managing Director of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited, Engr.Charles Odita, said engineers should play the expected role of a problem solver through initiatives that are geared towards cost reduction in conceptualisation and design through to completion process in manufacturing.

The country, he said, requires engineers at a time like this, to be solution driven, collaborate with other professionals, utilise local raw materials and manufacture for exports.

Engr.Charles Odita, who spoke on the theme: “Engineering Nigeria out of a recession by Engineers”, observed that since anything that reverses reduction in gross domestic product will take Nigeria out of recession, members of the profession must keep abreast with trends in the sector by strategically embed structured local subcontracts in all contracts awarded to foreign companies to ensure value derivation for the economy.

He stressed the need to empower small and medium scale enterprises, diversify income stream and build capacity in the area of immediate development needs of the country.

“The Nigerian Society of Engineer should work collaboratively with government towards growing the economy out of the recession. This will not only solve the immediate problem but also prepare Nigeria for recession ahead on both s global and local scale”, he said.

Contributing, the Deputy National President of NSE, Kunle Mokuolu, said members of the profession must demonstrate competence by words and by actions, come up with innovative ideas that will develop the nation.

Mokuolu who is also the president-elect of the society stated that engineers’ participation in politics was crucial, to move for change in the area of policymaking and critical infrastructural development.

Speaking on behalf of the institution national president, he explained that NSE was determined to ensure that government deploys the expertise of Nigeria engineers.