An Investor's Guide to Marginal Oil Field Acquisition In Nigeria
About the Author
CHIJIOKE K. MAMA
Senior Research Analyst ( Marginal Fields)
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Nigeria holds an estimated 2.3 billion barrels of crude oil reserves in over 183 fields classified as marginal. While investors realize that these fields hold significant revenue potential, the Nigerian government also realizes that these reserves can make significant contribution towards national development. Various policies (with their shortcomings) have been implemented within the last decade to encourage investment in these fields. And the government has continuously demonstrated a willingness to facilitate the derivation of the national gains that are only possible when the fields come on-stream. Nigeria’s marginal oil fields are fairly popular in Oil and Gas hubs around the world for various reasons.
Given the limited literature on the problems, gains and outlook of marginal fields acquisition and operation in Nigeria; this report attempts to take the lead. It originates from many years of data gathering and analysis it will take a critical look at the issues associated with investing in Nigeria’s marginal oil fields.
Prolific energy researcher and analyst, he has authored extensive analytical works on diverse issues in Africa’s hydrocarbon economies. He has special research interests in upstream petroleum policy, small/ marginal oil fields solid minerals in Africa and Mergers & Acquisitions (M & A) in Oil and Gas. He founded the column “Africa’s Barrel Equations” featured on major energy media platforms such as BusinessDay West-Africa Energy and Sweetcrude Reports, where he offers research-based insights and empirical views on Africa’s energy Sectors.
He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and currently works as project manager/analyst at Ralmuof Konsult Limited (RKL) in Lagos, Nigeria. In this role, he leads client engagements and project execution in both the upstream and downstream sectors. His short article “Nigeria’s marginal oil fields - open fields, closed gates” published in 2014, received much acclaim as a good discuss on the thrust and solutions of marginal field acquisition & operation in Nigeria.
He gathers and structures data on issues around marginal and small fields in Nigeria for productive analysis. Chijioke currently advises a number of potential investors on the green and red elements of investing in Nigeria’s marginal fields and was a keynote speaker in the maiden Africa Small and Marginal Oil Fields Investment Conference, London 2015. Chijioke is competent in business reporting/development, investment advisory and policy evaluation. Has published over 20 analytical writings in major dailies in Africa & executed multiple energy projects in Nigeria. Including petroleum asset maintenance, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects, bill payment systems for power companies and vessel surveys