Business Day Awards: Total Recognised for Innovation in Safety, and Environmental Responsibility
The Inaugural Annual Business Day Oil and Gas Awards was a fitting ambience to recognise excellence in petroleum industry operations in Nigeria. The event which was organised by Business Day, one of Nigeria’s influential media organisations, in partnership with Oval Energy Ltd took place at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on 23 April 2015.
It was attended by international oil companies (IOCs), Nigerian independent operators, downstream companies, independent marketers, DPR, NNPC, NAPIMS, banks and finance institutions.
The awards were presented in five main categories: Joint Venture, Sole Risk/Independent, Marginal Field, Downstream Major Marketers and Downstream Independent Marketers & Service Company. According to the organisers, the criteria for the awards were based on data obtained from DPR, NNPC, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and public opinion research conducted by Business Day Research & Intelligence Unit.
The Upstream companies of Total in Nigeria won two awards in the Joint Venture category. The first was the Best JV Company in Health and Safety. The nominees were Total, Agip, Shell and ExxonMobil. And the winner was… Total. Total also bagged the laurel for the Best Environmentally Responsible Company in Nigeria. A key criterion for this award was initiatives on gas flare reduction. It will be recalled that Total recently achieved flare-out on Ofon Field in OML 102, a first in Nigeria’s offshore operations. The nominees in this category were Total, Shell, ExxonMobil and Agip.
Total Nigeria Plc, our downstream subsidiary was recognised as the Best Innovative Company among Downstream Major Marketers. It will also be recalled that in 2014, Total Nigeria Plc inaugurated Nigeria’s First Solar Service Station at Onigbagbo in Lagos. A second Solar Service Station has been established at Wuse in Abuja and the Affiliate is set to roll out ten more in other parts of the country.
“Our objective was to recognise and thank operators in the oil and gas industry for their immense contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy over the years,” said Frank Aigbogun, Publisher/CEO of Business Day in his opening speech.
Total was represented at the event by the Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Charles Ngoka who was also invited to present awards to other winners. He was accompanied at the ceremony by the Executive Director, Deepwater District, Bruno Erwes, Executive General Manager, Deepwater Technical Services, Ken Umudjoro, General Manager, HSSE Alhaji Suleman Gimba, Deputy General Manager Policy, Media & Coordination, Charles Ogan and Public Affairs Manager, Deepwater District, Cornelius Okoro. Total Nigeria Plc was also represented at the event.