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Seplat Energy Appoint Basil Omiyi, And Charles Okeahalam To Board Of Directors

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Appointment of Basil Omiyi, CON, as Independent Non-Executive Chairman
and Dr Charles Okeahalam as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Seplat Energy PLC, a leading Nigerian energy company dual-listed on both the Nigerian and the London Stock Exchanges, has announced that Mr. Basil Omiyi, CON, has been appointed as the Company’s new Independent Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately.

His appointment follows a thorough assessment of internal and external candidates and was approved after a unanimous vote by all Directors of Seplat Energy, in compliance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act in Nigeria (“CAMA”).

In addition, Dr. Charles Okeahalam succeeds Mr. Omiyi as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.  

Mr. Omiyi has been a member of Seplat Energy’s Board of Directors since March 2013 and as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director from 1 February 2021. During this period, he sat on the Company’s Remuneration, Nominations & Governance, Energy Transition, and Risk Management & HSSE committees.

His experience in the energy industry is extensive, with more than 40 years at Royal Dutch Shell, during which time he held senior roles in Nigeria and Europe, including becoming Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in 2004 and in addition, Country Chairman of Shell Companies, Nigeria, until his retirement in 2009.

Mr. Omiyi has held several leadership positions in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, including Chairman, Upstream Industry Group (Oil Producers Trade Section, Lagos Chambers of Commerce & Industry) from 2007-2010;  Chairman of the Energy Sector of NEPAD Business Group, Nigeria, and Board Member NEPAD Business Group, Nigeria from 2005-2010; Chairman, of the Oil & Gas Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group from 2005-2010; and Board Member, Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) 2007-2010. Mr. Omiyi is also the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, a subsidiary of Standard Bank Group, a post he has held since 2015.  

In 2011, he was awarded the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger for pioneering leadership in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

Dr. Charles Okeahalam joined the Board in March 2013 as an Independent Non-Executive Director is Chairman of Seplat Energy’s Finance Committee, and is a member of the Energy Transition, Remuneration, and Nominations & Governance committees.   

Dr. Okeahalam has extensive corporate finance and capital markets expertise and in particular, detailed knowledge of African financial markets, economies, and the investment industry. He was a co-founder of AGH Capital Group, private equity and diversified investment holding company based in Johannesburg, with assets in several African countries. Prior to co-founding AGH Capital Group in 2002, he was a Professor of Financial Economics and Banking at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

His other roles have included advising a number of African central banks and government ministries, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He has held several board positions and is a former non-executive chairman of Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria. Since March 2016 he has served as the non-executive chairman of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company.

Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Energy, said:

“As the founders of Seplat Energy Dr. ABC Orjiako and Mr. Austin Avuru step off the board and the Company moves into the next chapter of its development, Seplat has once again demonstrated its commitment to strong corporate governance in delivering on its promise of appointing an Independent Non-Executive Chairman. 

Mr. Basil Omiyi has been a leading figure in the Nigerian oil and gas sector and also with Seplat Energy, has joined its Board in 2013 and helped it to achieve a dual listing in April 2014. His vast depth of experience and his detailed knowledge of Seplat Energy will be invaluable as we continue to evolve and mature the company. He has provided invaluable guidance as an Independent Director and I look forward to his continued leadership as our new Independent Non-Executive Chairman.

We will also benefit from the considerable expertise of Dr. Charles Okeahalam as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, especially his experience and knowledge of Africa’s economies and its financial markets.

Under their guidance, we will continue to expand and consolidate our position as Nigeria’s leading energy company and the partner of choice to deliver energy transition for Africa’s largest economy and its rapidly growing population.”

Seplat Energy Plc, a leading indigenous Nigerian energy company with a strategic focus on Nigeria, is listed on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (“NGX”) (NSE:SEPLAT) and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) (LSE:SEPL). Seplat is pursuing a Nigeria-focused growth strategy and is well-positioned to participate in future divestment programs by the international oil companies, farm-in opportunities, and future licensing rounds.  For further information please refer to the company website, http://seplatenergy.com/

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Growing Energy Demand Presents Huge Business Opportunities For Seplat, Others – McKinsey & Company

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Growing Energy Demand Presents Huge Business Opportunities For Seplat, Others – McKinsey & Company

…’ Seplat Energy has an enormous chance to explore renewable energy solutions’

… Divestment opportunities abound for Seplat Energy, others

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the London Stock Exchange, as well as other energy producers in Africa, is projected to grow more given the rising demand for energy in Africa. Africa’s energy demand is also expected to see increased growth over the decade amidst current realities.

Global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company disclosed this at the Seplat Industry Lecture and Dr. ABC Orjiako send forth event held in Lagos at the weekend.

Growing Energy Demand Presents Huge Business Opportunities For Seplat, Others – McKinsey & Company

“There will be rising demand for fossil fuels in Africa driven by industrialization and population growth. Energy demand growth will be led by Nigeria, and this will create tailwinds for energy suppliers like Seplat Energy,” Oliver Onyekweli, Associate Partner and Co-Lead of West Africa Oil and Gas Practice, McKinsey & Company, said whilst making a presentation on the theme of the Lecture dubbed “The Future of African Oil & Gas: Positioning for the Energy Transition”.

“Africa’s growing energy demand also creates opportunities for Seplat to explore renewable energy solutions (e.g. solar, blue hydrogen),” he added.

Decarbonizing production and cost leadership, McKinsey explained, will be key going forward as capital providers continue to reduce exposure to oil and gas, with customers preferencing lower carbon shipments. Decarbonization of assets to the greatest possible extent, it added, will be needed to maintain “license to operate” and maintain access to capital at attractive rates. “As global oil demand peaks, maintaining cost leadership ($/bbl) will be increasingly vital.”

Indigenous producers will define the future of African oil and gas, as IOCs will continue to face pressure to reduce carbon-intensive operations and lower the cost of production, according to McKinsey, which also maintained that divestment is likely to continue.

“Companies like Seplat Energy are well-positioned to pick up producing assets going forward, provided they can maintain operational excellence. Ensuring continued access to talent will be key,” it added.

Growing Energy Demand Presents Huge Business Opportunities For Seplat, Others – McKinsey & Company

McKinsey further explained that “African energy infrastructure is a compelling opportunity. As the energy transition accelerates, gas will become more prominent as a “transition fuel”, especially in Nigeria. Significant domestic gas demand is a positive tailwind for Seplat Energy’s ANOH project and gas’ cleaner carbon profile (relative to diesel) should make gas projects easier to finance (can be paired with LPG). Investing in gas export infrastructure (e.g. FLNG) could create an opportunity to access high-value international spot market.”

Dr. ABC Orjiako, the Pioneer and immediate past Chairman of Seplat Energy, lauded all the company’s stakeholders for the huge successes recorded so far in the company since its inception, saying they were products of hard work, sleepless nights, and resilience.

Commending all stakeholders of Seplat Energy for the great achievements recorded so far, the Chairman, Seplat Energy, Mr. Basil Omiyi, said the year 2022 marks a major turning point for Seplat Energy as Dr. Orjiako retires from the Board after leading the Company to achieve monumental milestones over the last 13 years, including 9 years as a listed entity.

Notable amongst the achievements he listed were, the IPO vision, the listing, production growth, reserve addition, corporate governance, landmark acquisitions, funding strategy, and setting the stage for corporate transformation, amongst others.

In his remarks, the CEO of Seplat Energy, Mr. Roger Brown, said  Dr. Orjiako drove Seplat Energy’s long-term imperative with regards to global transition away from fossil fuels towards cleaner and renewable energies, advocating a Just Transition, which is to be conducted at an appropriate pace.

That, according to Brown, was why, the Board under Dr. Orjiako decided to re-brand the Company as Seplat Energy, which is a signal of “our intent and how we see our future”.

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Global Energy Crisis Shows Urgency Of Accelerating Investment In Cheaper And cleaner Energy In Africa

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Global Energy Crisis Shows Urgency Of Accelerating Investment In Cheaper And cleaner energy in Africa

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Today’s crippling spikes in energy prices underscore the urgency and the benefits for African countries of accelerating the scale-up of cheaper and cleaner sources of energy, the IEA says in a new special report released last week.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent food, energy, and other commodity prices soaring, increasing the strains on African economies already hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The overlapping crises are affecting many parts of Africa’s energy systems, including reversing positive trends in improving access to modern energy, with 25 million more people in Africa living without electricity today compared with before the pandemic, according to the Africa Energy Outlook 2022.

At the same time, Africa is also already facing more severe effects from climate change than most other parts of the world – including massive droughts – despite bearing the least responsibility for the problem. Africa accounts for less than 3% of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions to date and has the lowest emissions per capita of any region.

Despite these challenges, the report finds that the global clean energy transition holds new promise for Africa’s economic and social development, with solar, other renewables, and emerging areas such as critical minerals and green hydrogen offering strong growth potential if managed well. Increased international ambitions for cutting emissions are helping set a new course for the global energy sector amid declining clean technology costs and shifting global investment patterns. African countries are poised to benefit from these trends and attract increasing flows of climate finance.

“Africa has had the raw end of the deal from the fossil fuel-based economy, receiving the smallest benefits and the biggest drawbacks, as underlined by the current energy crisis,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director. “The new global energy economy that is emerging offers a more hopeful future for Africa, with huge potential for solar and other renewables to power its development – and new industrial opportunities in critical minerals and green hydrogen.”

“The immediate and absolute priority for Africa and the international community is to bring modern and affordable energy to all Africans – and our new report shows this can be achieved by the end of this decade through the annual investment of $25 billion, the same amount needed to build just one new LNG terminal a year,” Dr. Birol added. “It is morally unacceptable that the ongoing injustice of energy poverty in Africa isn’t being resolved when it is so clearly well within our means to do so.”

The Africa Energy Outlook 2022 explores a Sustainable Africa Scenario in which all African energy-related development goals are achieved on time and in full. This includes universal access to modern energy services by 2030 and the full implementation of all African climate pledges.

With demand for energy services in Africa set to grow rapidly, ensuring affordability is an urgent priority. Increased energy efficiency is essential for this, since it reduces fuel imports, eases strains on existing infrastructure, and keeps consumer bills affordable.

Expanded and improved electricity grids provide the backbone of Africa’s new energy systems in this scenario, and are powered increasingly by renewables. Africa is home to 60% of the best solar resources worldwide, but it currently holds only 1% of solar PV capacity. Already the cheapest source of power in many parts of Africa, solar is set to outcompete all other sources continent-wide by 2030. Renewables – including solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal – account for over 80% of new power generation capacity added by 2030 in the Sustainable Africa Scenario.

While renewables are the driving force for Africa’s electricity sector this decade, the continent’s industrialisation relies in part on expanding natural gas use. More than 5 000 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas resources have been discovered to date in Africa that has not yet been approved for development. These resources could provide an additional 90 bcm of gas a year by 2030, which may well be vital for Africa’s domestic fertilizer, steel, cement, and water desalination industries. Cumulative CO2 emissions from the use of these gas resources over the next 30 years would be around 10 billion tonnes. If these emissions were added to Africa’s cumulative total today, they would bring its share of global emissions to a mere 3.5%.

Africa’s vast resources of minerals that are critical for multiple clean energy technologies are set to create new export markets but need to be managed well, with Africa’s revenues from critical mineral exports set to more than double by 2030.

A number of low-carbon hydrogen projects are underway, focused primarily on producing ammonia for fertilizers, which would strengthen Africa’s food security. Africa has huge potential to produce hydrogen using its rich renewable resources. As much as today’s energy demand could be produced at internationally competitive price points by 2030.

Achieving Africa’s energy and climate goals means more than doubling energy investment this decade. This would take it over USD 190 billion each year from 2026 to 2030, with two-thirds going to clean energy.

“Multilateral development banks must take urgent action to increase financial flows to Africa for both developing its energy sector and adapting to climate change,” said Dr. Birol. “The continent’s energy future requires stronger efforts on the ground that are backed by global support. The COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt in late 2022 provides a crucial platform for African leaders to set the agenda for the coming years. This decade is critical not only for global climate action but also for the foundational investments that will allow Africa – home to the world’s youngest population – to flourish in the decades to come.”

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2022 Energy Technology RD&D Budgets Data

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The IEA is delighted to inform all data users of the first release of the 2022 Energy Technology RD&D Budgets data.Energy Technology RD&D Budgets databaseThe Energy Technology RD&D Budgets free database, with data on public budgets up to 2022, is a unique data collection obtained from national administrations.In 2021, the estimated total public energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) budget for IEA member countries increased by 2% reaching USD 23 billion. This was the fourth consecutive year of increase after five years of decrease although at a slower rate than previous years.In the past 5 years the increase in public RD&D budgets among IEA countries has mainly been driven by energy efficiency but the most rapid increase has been for hydrogen and fuel cells technologies.
The IEA is delighted to inform all data users of the first release of the 2022 Energy Technology RD&D Budgets data. Energy Technology RD&D Budgets database.

The Energy Technology RD&D Budgets free database, with data on public budgets up to 2022, is a unique data collection obtained from national administrations.

In 2021, the estimated total public energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) budget for IEA member countries increased by 2% reaching USD 23 billion. This was the fourth consecutive year of increase after five years of decrease although at a slower rate than previous years.

In the past 5 years, the increase in public RD&D budgets among IEA countries has mainly been driven by energy efficiency but the most rapid increase has been for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
IEA public RD&D budgets increase in the 2016-2021 period to technology
The database is now accompanied by a Data explorer, an interactive tool that gives the opportunity to dive into the full database.
Discover the free database and analysis at Overview – Energy Technology RD&D Budgets: Overview – Analysis – IEA.

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