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    AOS Orwell Others to Train indigenous Engineers

    By Nosa Alekhuogie

    The Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring board (NCDMB) in collaboration with the Lagos Energy Academy (LEA), AOS Orwell and Siemens, recently put together an initiative to empower engineers across the country.

    The training was targeted at young Nigerians engineers seeking professional development in order to bridge the gap between theories and hands-o and sets up engineers for successful careers in electrical associated fields.

    The programme, which runs for six months, also provides participants with a solid foundation in electrical and electronics theory and practices.

    It combines classroom-based teaching approach, hands-on, practical training with internship and on-the-job training.

    The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, while addressing the participants at the LEA in Lagos, noted that the initiative which he said marked the beginning of a revised approach to training in the oil and gas industry, was part of the boards’ 10- year strategic roadmap.

    “I am delighted about this training as it is part of NCDMB’s capacity building efforts towards utilisation of Nigerian human resources. I am happy that in the course of this training, our partners would include soft skills; personal and professional effectiveness which are very important in delivering value. International certification is the main thrust of the training and we are glad it is certified by Siemens.

    “As the nation moves towards realisation of the provision of 24/7 electricity, the programme is our own contribution to this effort from the perspective of provision of skills, human resources , it also speaks for push for Sectorial linkages in the other sectors such as ICT, construction and power.

    “In our strategy we look at the end game before we start the journey in itself, the commitment to retain and secure employment for at least 60 per cent of the beneficiaries’ is a big component of this new training model by the board,” he added.

    On his part, the Managing Director, AOS Orwell, Mr. Femi Omotayo, described the initiative as a solution that everybody should replicate, saying it marked the beginning to solve a long-term problem in Nigeria.

    According to him, “About a N100 million has been invested into this project in terms of certification, running costs for the facility, maintenance and others.

    “One of the key challenges in Nigeria is youth unemployment, the second thing was that lots of expatriates are brought into the country to do some specialised work which we were told Nigerians couldn’t do because they don’t have international certificates or because we don’t have certain equipment to be able to do these things.

    “Another challenge was that after the qualifications, many couldn’t still get a job that’s why we created this initiative to be able to close that loop hole and partner with big projects like light up Lagos project, street light project amongst others.

    “We partnered with some of these projects then they tell us what they require, we can manage the courses a little bit to make it suitable for their projects, so it is easier for them to employ these people,” he said.

    Omotayo further said: “It is divided into two parts: four months of classroom training and two months on-the-job (OJT) training. The selection process was equally interesting as everybody picked came from a data base so there was no case of being bias.

    “We selected 100 people, but we are going to start with the first batch which consists of 50 people. If we can get this module proven, it becomes a standard template to just begin to get real technicians.

    The Lagos state government in conjunction with AOS Orwell and Siemens have been able to develop a standardised curriculum which is internationally recognised. We have also investment in world class equipment. When you get a certificate from here, you can use it anywhere in the world.”

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AOS Orwell Announces Appointments

AOS Orwell has announced three key appointments as the oilfield conglomerate re-energises to optimise performance and execute its growth plans.

The appointments have taken effect.

The appointees were Ms Charlotte Essiet, Government Relations Director; Mr. Anthony Nwosu, Country Manager Wellbore Construction Division; and Mr Kelly Shideler, Country Manager, Oiltools Africa Limited/ Titan Tubulars Nigeria Limited OAL/TTNL.

According to a statement from the company, the appointees are expected to bring a combination of profound commercial and operational experience which would be instrumental in repositioning the company to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the oil, gas, electrical and power sectors.

“I am delighted to welcome the new team to these very important roles in AOS Orwell,” the Managing Director of the company, Femi Omotayo, stated.

“They are not only the right entrants with the requisite experience, their collective expertise and leadership capacity will help the company to the next level as we continue the process of building AOS Orwell for growth and profitability.

“With these key appointments, leadership has been brought closer to our strategic business units (SBUs)”

In her role Essiet would manage and coordinate engagements with government agencies/authorities, NNPC, NAPIMS, DPR, NCDMB and other key external stakeholders.

She joined the company in this new position following over 14 years’ experience in managing sales, business development, government/external affairs and Nigerian content.

Essiet’s career history includes exposure to Strategy and Business Development in Europe, UAE, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

She holds an MBA in Engineering Business Managers from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom and an Executive Professional Certificate in Strategic Marketing Management (SMM) from Stanford Business School, USA.

On the other hand, Nwosu would be accountable for the overall growth of the Wellbore Construction Division (WCD) business in AOS Orwell and meeting the Division’s financial targets by effectively implementing a fit-for-purpose strategy, managing customers and stakeholders and supervising divisional sales managers and Business Segment Managers (BSMs).

He joined the company following over 16 years in various operations, sales and leadership positions in the oilfield service industry. He spent over 10 years in senior management roles in product line management, drilling services and sales.

Nwosu’s career demonstrates strong commercial acumen and strategy with exposure to business operations in Gabon, Ghana, South Africa, Qatar and Nigeria.

For Shideler, he joined the company in the new position following a career spanning more than 20 years in marketing, sales and operations.

He had spent over nine years in senior roles internationally, working in Russia, China and Pakistan.

Also, Shideler’s career history includes some exposure to West Africa with clients such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, Lonestar Drilling, Ensign Energy Services International, KCA Deutag and Reliant Services.

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AOS Orwell Completes Valve, Actuator Assembly

Indigenous oilfields service conglomerate, AOS Orwell, has announced its significant achievement in the expansion of local content footprint in Nigeria by locally assembling and delivering 16 Actuator Valves for use in the Abo Floating, Production, Storage and Off-loading, (FPSO) unit on behalf of BW Offshore.

According to a statement by the company, this feat was achieved in conjunction with AOS Orwell long standing strategic partners and original equipment manufacturers (OEM), Emerson – Bettis and KACE Valves.

The Abo FPSO Life Extension Project (LEP) operated by BW Offshore on behalf of ENI Energy – Nigeria Agip oil Exploration (NAE) was designed to ensure extended operational design life for the facility.

The project includes upgrades to the existing topside laterals, exterior, accommodation and marine systems. AOS Orwell was contracted for the provision and supply of Actuated Valves – Shut down Valves (SDV) and Blowdown Valves (BDV) in the Main Gas Compressor (MGC) Trains B and C of the Abo FPSO.

The scope of work comprise project management, design engineering documentation review, Valve and Actuator mechanical assembly and integration, customer witnessed Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), and delivering of assembled Valve and Actuator to the customer on schedule.

General Manager, Services, Process Management Division (PMD), AOS Orwell, Mr. Abumenre Odigie, said: “This is a significant achievement in the vista of our operations and speaks to the position of our company as pioneers in the industry.

“The assembly of the 16 Valves and Actuator locally, apart from saving time and money, has brought this activity closer to the customer to witness the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) first-hand, the assembly, integration and functional tests of the Valves and Actuators while complying with global standards.”

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Poor response plan, design management liable for industrial hazard

With aim geared toward mitigating operational hazard in the oil and gas industry, the Executive General Manager, Technical Services, Total Upstream, Mr Kenneth Umudjoro, has fault stakeholders in the industry over poor response plan and design management in their activities.

Antonio Pasquale (Well Operations Manager-NAOC), Stefano Allievi (HSE-NAOC), Femi Omotayo (MD/CEO AOS Orwell), Lester Clark (DMD/COO AOS Orwell) and Anthony Ellis (Supply Chain Director-SPDC) at the AOS Orwell Safety Day in Port Harcourt

Speaking during the AOS Orwell Limited, AOSO, 2017 annual Safety Day in Port Hacourt, with the theme: Demonstrating Consistency & Visibility in Safety’ Umudjoro said: “Most of the time the task is perfectly designed with all the Quality Health, Safety and Environment, QHSE, specification, but more often than not, inability to manage the changes in design properly where it occures and lack of response plans are the major reasons accidents are recorded on operations.

“An ideal safety culture is one in which there is constant cooperation of all stakeholders, requisite competency, knowledge and experience sharing and reporting of outcome.”

He stressed on the importance of making a “choice” to deliver the work safely all the time by first recognsing hazards, changes in the context of the job and the capacity to inform the team from the start such that they are empowered to stop the activity once an environment is considered unsafe to work.

On his part, the Managing Director AOS Orwell, Mr Femi Omotayo said “We did not just arrive here, there has been a journey. To attain the level of visibility and consistency being celebrated today, we first had to submit ourselves to a comprehensive safety audit, we crafted a safety vision and invented the 5 –S to be able to monitor houskeeping, we embark on hazard hunts and ensured we put a journey management initiative in place.

“The reward of this torturous journey was the major reason we recorded zero RTA ( Road Traffic Accident) last year.”

AOSO is a sub – Sahara Africa’s oilfield servicing conglomerate structured into three divisions and engaged in the business of Well Construction and Conductor casing, Process Management/Automation, OCTG Manufacturing and Machining. The company is the partner of choice for numerous OEMs such as Emerson, NOV, Tercel, FMC, Enventure, SDI, DSI-PBL, Hoerbiger, Det-Tronics, 3P Services, Metal One, Oil States International.

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AOS Orwell Staff Wins NLNG Award

Mr. Emmanuel Ikpatt of NLNG (Middle) presenting a letter announcing the award to AOS Orwell Director Mr Omozaphue Akalumhe at the company’s head office.

AOS Orwell’s well established safety credentials and culture aimed at promoting employee’s safe behavior in the workplace received kudos last week when one of its staff, Mr. Ifeanyi Okwunka assigned on a project at Bonny headquarters of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) won the NLNG General Manager’s special recognition award.

Okwunka of the AOS Orwell machine shop department was selected for special recognition and commendation by the NLNG for his outstanding behavior with his personal effort that upholds the company’s shared value throughout the assignment.

In a letter conveying news of the award which was personally delivered by Mr. Emmanuel Ipatt, the NLNG states “You have been awarded General Manager special recognition with a gift voucher for this achievement. Management wishes to commend you and hope that this award will encourage you to consistently strive for excellent performance.”

Over the years, AOS Orwell has maintained outstanding Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) records and its staff have received commendations and awards from all the major International Oil Companies in Nigeria, while on rig operations. The company’s safety mantra of “If you see something, say something” has earned its staff global recognition at home and abroad.

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AOS Orwell wins 1st position at NAICE SPE 2017

Nigerian’s indigenous oilfield services company, AOS Orwell, wins first Position exhibition award, category two at the just concluded Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE).

AOS Orwell, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Mr. Usman Amodu – Shuaibu, displaying the First Place Exhibition Award won by his company at the just concluded Society of Petroleum Engineers( SPE) Annual Banquet and Award in Lagos

he conference organized by the Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE in Lagos, witnessed about 60 companies participating in the exhibition.

The Chairperson 2017 SPE Exhibition Committee, Oghogho Effiom while congratulating the winner said: “We are presenting this award to AOS Orwell for an outstanding display of creativity and technical excellence in their presentation of value offerings throughout the 2017 NAICE SPE Exhibition”.

Receiving the award on behalf of his company, AOS Deputy General Manager – Marketing Mr. Usman Amodu thank the SPE for its recognition/ support.

He dedicated the award to the entire AOS Orwell exhibition team who worked tirelessly behind the scene and rally round towards ensuring that the company achieved this great feat that would undeniably bring high impact visibility to his brand in the industry.

Earlier at the SPE Annual banquet and awards ceremony, Mr. Bimbo of PwC thanked the SPE for appointing his company PwC as an independent panel of advisers to appraise the exhibitors. According to him, the final selection of each category of winners is based on:

  • Booth design, quality, Attractiveness
  • Audience engagement: regular live shows, crowd pull, discussions / demonstrations at the booth, popularity of the booth for topical subjects and activities
  • Booth personnel: Diversity of booth representatives (gender & age), Professional appearance, friendly disposition, booth personnel presence always
  • Technology on show: ‘WOW Factor’ – interesting physical models, videos, other differentiating items on display at the booth

AOS Orwell was adjudged best and first place award winner in category 2 (Exhibitors occupying 2 – 5 booths) for blazing the trails on all the above stated criteria at this year’s event.

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NCDMB Boss Assures Local Oil & Gas Firms of Support

Indigenous oil and gas firms have been assured of support by the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development Board (NCDMB), Simbi Kesiye Wabote.Wabote spoke when he visited AOS Orwell’s Titan Tubular Division in Onne in Rivers State as part of his facility tour of selected companies in Onne Trade Free Zone. The Managing Director of AOS Orwell, Femi Omotayo, who received him, said that his company remains committed to encouraging Nigerian firms in the oil and gas sector to play key roles in the critical industry. Omotayo told his guest that most of the platforms and other vital facilities produced by AOS were not patronised by the industry players.The trend notwithstanding, Omotayo said that AOS would continue to exploit the opportunities and value retention in-country in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. In a statement the company issued after Wabote’s visit, Omotayo was quoted as saying that “the key words I would like the NCDMB Executive Secretary and operators to take away from this visit are “commitment” and “confidence.” He stressed that it was the confidence his company had in the Nigerian content initiative as it then was 20 years ago that led his management to commit to continuously investing in in-country capacity to a point where AOS Orwell is now acclaimed for a series of firsts among indigenous oilfield players. According to him, AOS Orwell was the first to open Conductor Casing Threading and Welding Shop in Nigeria, first skid fabrication, first National Oil Varco (NOV) certified drilling jar service shop, first EXIDA certified cabinet manufacturing plant, the first to launch casing drive systems, first Fisher approved valve servicing centre, first machine shop, and Oil Country Tubular Good (OCTG) manufacturing, adding that all the welders in the workshop are FMC Technology certified. Wabote, who was accompanied on the visit by a number of operators in the industry, commended Omotayo and his management team for the level of investment and in-country capacity. He said that he was impressed with the equipment and facilities on ground, adding that he embarked on the facility visit to enable him understand the challenges and prospects of the local companies in the sector. Wabote promised that he would work with all stakeholders/operators and servicing companies alike to bring down the per barrel and per unit technical cost in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

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NCDMB Boss Commends AOS Orwell Titan Tubular – Vanguard News

NCDMB commends AOS Orwell’s Titan Tubular ON APRIL 11, 20173:07 AMIN ENERGYCOMMENTS By Prince Okafor IN furtherance of its renewed effort to encourage Nigerian companies towards exploiting opportunities and value retention in-country in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development Board (NCDMB) Mr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote has applauded AOS Orwell on its level of investment and in-country capacity Wabote stated this in Port Harcourt when he led a team of his officials and other top International Oil Companies (IOCs) on a facility tour of the Titan Tubular Division based in ONNE as part of his facility tour of selected entities in ONNE Trade Free Zone. Wabote commended the Managing Director, MD, and his management team on the level of investment and in-country capacity stressing that he was very impressed with the equipment and facilities on ground. He said that his reason for embarking on the facility visit, was to enable him understand the challenges and prospects of the companies promising that he would work with all stakeholders operators and servicing companies alike to bring down the per barrel and per unit technical cost in the Nigerian Oil and gas industry. In his opening remark, the Managing Director AOS Orwell Mr Femi Omotayo, said: “It was the confidence AOS Orwell had in the Nigerian Content initiative as it then was 20 years ago that led his management to commit to continuously invest in in-country capacity to a point where AOS Orwell is today acclaimed for a series of first among indigenous oilfield players. “The key words I would like the NCDMB Executive secretary and operators to take away from this visit are “commitment” and “confidence”. Stressing that, AOS Orwell was first to open Conductor Casing Threading and Welding Shop in Nigeria, first Skid fabrication, first NOV certified Drilling Jar Service Shop, first EXIDA certified Cabinet manufacturing Plant, first to launch Casing Drive Systems, first Fisher approved valve servicing center, first machine shop, Tubular and OCTG manufacturing adding that all the welders in the workshop are FMC certified. Titan Tubular (a subsidiary of AOS Orwell Limited) is Nigeria machining and conductor casing company and OCTG repair and manufacturing facility located in FLT Onne on a 30,000m2 space. The facility has nine advanced CNC lathes, bucking machine, phosphating equipment, sub-arc welders and an X-ray weld inspection device. Overhead cranes in the Conductor Casing and Plain End threading workshops facilitate for easy handling of tubular and insure high output capacity. Read more at :

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AOS Orwell, Emerson Holds Tam Workshop – Guardian News

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