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.