Attah succeeds Omotowa at NLNG
The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has appointed Tony Attah as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Attah takes over from Babs Omotowa, who returns to Shell International in The Hague, Netherlands after five years at the helm of affairs of the NLNG.
The General Manager, External Relations of NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, said in a statement that Attah’s appointment was approved by the company’s Board of Directors.
Attah is returning from an assignment at Shell’s Group Integrated Gas business as Senior Projects Advisor, working on projects in The Netherlands and Singapore. He was Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) before then.
He comes to NLNG with a 28-year experience in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. A trained mechanical engineer and an MBA holder, Attah started his career in Sokoto Cement Company as a Maintenance and Operations Shift Supervisor.
He joined Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 1991, working in various technical and management roles in Field Maintenance, Production Operations, Core Engineering and Major Projects Commissioning, Rotating Equipment Engineering etc. He was also once Head of Joint Venture Economics in Commercial.
Between 2005 and 2007, Attah managed the Soku Gas Plant as Asset Superintendent and Operations Manager of the initial NLNG gas supply as well as NLNG Train 3 construction works.
He oversaw the operation-readiness of other petroleum and natural-gas production projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and the startup of a liquefied-natural-gas extraction system north of the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin as the Regional Manager Operations Readiness and Assurance - Account manager for EPG Africa projects and Russia Sakhalin OR&A.
In 2009, he was appointed General Manager Western Location & Sustainable Development - External Focus; and in 2010, he became the Vice President (VP), Health Safety, Environment, Sustainable Development & Corporate Affairs including Communications, Crisis and Reputation Management.
In 2013, he was appointed the Vice President HR Shell Sub Saharan Africa, maintaining the business competitive edge through talent development, resourcing and providing support to the business.
In 2014, Attah assumed the position of Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), in addition to his role as VP HR.
He was responsible for SNEPCo’s offshore business integration and leadership, and managing a network of external and internal stakeholder.
During Omotowa’s tenure at Nigeria LNG Limited, the company earned in excess of $40 billion in revenue and returned over $22 billion to Nigeria in dividend, taxes, feedgas purchases, etc. The company under his watch became the highest corporate tax paying organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a major contributor to the Nigerian economy.
Omotowa was appointed CEO of Nigeria LNG Limited in December 2011.