At­tah suc­ceeds Omo­towa at NLNG

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Mo­hammed Shosanya, Lagos

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.

Tony At­tah

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