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Osa Igiehon

Heirs Energies CEO Advocates for Energy Sufficiency and Sustainable Partnerships at the 17th German-African Energy Forum

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We are proud to share that our CEO, Osa Igiehon, recently participated in a thought-provoking panel discussion titled “Africa’s Climate Action is Gaining Momentum” at the 17th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg, Germany.

The forum brought together key stakeholders from the energy sector to discuss Africa’s climate action, green industrialization, and the role of the private sector in driving sustainable energy transition.

During the panel, moderated by Katarina Kunert from Afrika-Verein, Osa emphasized the critical importance of achieving energy sufficiency in Africa as a foundation for sustainable development and economic growth. He highlighted our commitment at Heirs Energies to delivering more energy into the ecosystem in a manner that effectively meets the growing energy demands while minimizing the overall carbon footprint.

Osa stressed that Africa’s energy transition must be one that takes Africa from a current state of energy deficiency to a future of energy sufficiency. To him, “energy Sufficiency for Africa is a key imperative”. He posited that within the context of the global focus on achieving a low-carbon energy future to address climate concerns, we must not overlook the pressing need to address energy poverty and ensure reliable access to electricity for all Africans.”

He also shed light on our multi-energy approach at Heirs Holdings Group, spanning from gas production to power generation and distribution, which positions us to tackle Africa’s energy issues comprehensively and sustainably.

Osa highlighted our role in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s electrification drive, supplying gas to three power plants in eastern Nigeria and contributing to the journey towards a lower carbon footprint and energy sufficiency.

When asked about the kind of partnerships needed to develop Africa’s energy landscape in a future-oriented manner, Osa emphasized the importance of collaboration and the philosophy of Africapitalism, which underpins our parent company, Heirs Holdings. Africapitalism recognizes the critical role of the private sector in driving social and economic progress.

“Shared prosperity for all stakeholders are at the heart of Heirs Energies’ approach to partnerships,” Osa explained. “We believe that true partnerships should be enabling and symbiotic, rather than extractive. It should be a win-win and not win-lose, ensuring that all parties involved benefit from the collaboration.”

He further emphasized that we at Heirs Energies actively seek partnerships with governments, international organizations, and other industry stakeholders to accelerate Africa’s energy transformation. By working together, we believe that innovative solutions can be developed, investments attracted, and an enabling environment created for sustainable energy development across the continent.

The panel also featured insightful contributions from Christine Amira, Sustainability and Communications expert at WILO SE; Ross Palmer, Associate Director Energy Eurasia MEA at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Samir Rachidi, Director General of IRESEN, Morocco.

As Africa continues to gain momentum in its climate action, we at Heirs Energies remain committed to driving sustainable energy transition and forging collaborative partnerships to achieve energy sufficiency and greener industrialization across the continent.

The insights shared by our CEO, Osa Igiehon, at the 17th German-African Energy Forum underline our dedication to shaping Africa’s energy landscape for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Heirs Energies Named “Emerging Energy Company of the Year” at Inaugural Energy Times Awards

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LAGOS, 23/04/2024 – Heirs Energies, Africa’s leading integrated energy company has announced that it has been awarded the “Emerging Energy Company of the Year” at the inaugural edition of the Energy Times Awards. The ceremony, held in Lagos on Friday, April 19, 2024, recognised Heirs Energies for its remarkable growth and substantial investments in the energy sector since its inception in 2021.

The Energy Times Awards aim to celebrate outstanding achievements and innovations within the energy industry, highlighting companies and individuals driving positive change and making significant contributions to the sector’s advancement.

Heirs Energies’ recognition as the “Emerging Energy Company of the Year” underscores its commitment to energy solutions and its rapid growth and investment within the energy sector. The company’s oil production has grown from about 27,000 barrels per day (bpd) at the take-over of operational control in July 2021, to a peak of over 50,000bpd 100 days after the asset takeover in 2021.

“We are honored to receive the award of ‘Emerging Energy Company of the Year’ at the inaugural Energy Times Awards,” said Osa Igiehon, Chief Executive Officer of Heirs Energies. “This recognition is a demonstration of the dedication and hard work of our team in the last 3 years, as well as our commitment to driving positive and innovative change in the energy sector. We are proud of the progress we have made since inception in 2021 and remain steadfast in our mission to meet Africa’s unique needs,” he added.

Since its establishment in 2021, Heirs Energies has become an important contributor to the domestic gas supply in Nigeria. It achieved first gas from the Agbada Non-Associated Gas (NAG) Plant in November 2021, after taking over the project in May 2021. The significance of this milestone is highlighted by the fact that the Agbada NAG plant had been under construction for over 10 years by the previous operator and upon takeover, the company demonstrated capability and expertise by quickly bringing the plant to mechanical completion and identifying further growth opportunities.

 

Heirs Energies has continued to expand its footprint and has become a key contributor to the domestic gas market, allowing for an increased supply to gas-based industries and gas-powered electricity generation companies.

Heirs Energies Limited (formerly HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited) is Africa’s largest indigenous-owned integrated energy company, committed to meeting Africa’s unique energy needs whilst aligning with global sustainability goals. With a strong focus on innovation, environmental responsibility, and community development, Heirs Energies leads the evolving energy landscape and contributes to a more prosperous Africa.

Interview: CEO, Osa Igiehon speaks on Heirs Energies’ growth journey with Global Business Report

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Can you provide an overview of Heirs Energies and its operations?

Heirs Energies operates under the umbrella of Heirs Holdings, a conglomerate involved in diverse sectors, including financial services. Our overarching goal is to effect positive change in Africa by transforming lives and driving socio-economic development. The decision to venture into the energy sector stemmed from a recognition of the pivotal role energy plays in empowering African communities. Heirs Energies’ journey into the energy sector commenced with the acquisition of the OML-17 lease in early 2021 for US$1.2 billion. With over a billion barrels of oil and 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas, OML-17 holds immense potential.

After the takeover of OML-17, we faced challenges with evacuating crude oil from the site, resulting in over 95% of production being lost or stolen at one point. Faced with these challenges, we decided to temporarily suspend production to address the underlying issues comprehensively. During this hiatus, we collaborated with stakeholders, including the government, to implement robust security measures and repair infrastructure, including the pipeline. This collaborative effort helped us navigate these challenges.

By late October 2022, we successfully resumed production, and throughout 2023 we focused on stabilizing operations and enhancing efficiency. We have made considerable progress, with production levels steadily increasing, reaching 45,000 bpd, and with oil losses and theft being reduced to under 15%.

Our operational footprint primarily spans Rivers State, where OML-17 is located. Despite OML-17’s long history, we have applied innovative approaches to maximize the asset’s value and minimize environmental impact. Moreover, our focus extends beyond oil production. We recognize the importance of gas supply in driving economic growth and powering industries. As such, we have expanded our gas supply to support power generation and industrial activities, particularly in Eastern Nigeria.

How do you plan to eliminate the remaining theft in your production process and how has Heirs Energies navigated the current currency fluctuations in Nigeria?

Addressing crude theft in our production process requires a multifaceted approach involving collaboration with government agencies and a focus on enhancing security measures. While commendable progress has been made thanks to initiatives by the NNPC and the Federal Government, achieving complete elimination of theft remains a challenge.

The fluctuating exchange rates pose challenges across various aspects of our business, including procurement, financial planning, and stakeholder engagements. We are closely monitoring the situation and implementing measures to manage risks effectively.

Can you share Heirs Energies’ approach to ESG and the reduction of routine gas flaring?

We understand that our operations impact not just our company but also the communities and ecosystems in which we operate. Therefore, we prioritize building strong, collaborative relationships with our host communities based on principles of mutual respect and appreciation. Initially, this involved a shift from historical ‘pay for peace’ agreements to the more inclusive Host Community Development Trust (HCDT) model, that is supported by the new petroleum law. This transition was not without challenges, given historical mistrust. However, through consistent efforts, we are resetting these relationships, with a focus on long-term partnerships rather than short-term gains.

Our commitment to reducing gas flaring goes hand in hand with our broader ESG goals. We have set ambitious targets to eliminate flaring ahead of the government’s timeline. Currently, we are implementing solutions across five flaring hotspots, leveraging both governmental programs and proprietary initiatives. For instance, we are engaged with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Program (NGFCP) to address flaring in certain fields. Additionally, we are exploring innovative technologies and localized solutions to tackle flaring in other areas.

How do other companies within Heirs Holdings, such as Transcorp, complement Heirs Energies?

The complementary relationship is mainly with the power companies within the Heirs Holdings portfolio. Specifically, Transcorp Power and the TransAfam Power Plant. With these two entities, Heirs Holdings owns approximately 15.5% of Nigeria’s installed power generation capacity. Notably, we also provide feed gas to Transcorp Group. This alignment supports our overarching goal of empowering Africa with energy. Heirs Holdings’ investment in the energy sector spans primary energy sources, power generation, and distribution. While the government oversees transmission, our focus is on distribution, as exemplified by our parent company, Heirs Holdings’ investment in the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.

Source:  Global Business Report, 27th March 2024, https://www.gbreports.com/interview/osa-igiehon

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Heirs Energies: Powering Nigeria’s Economy with Domestic Gas Supply

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  • Sole Gas Supplier to Geometric Power Plant

LAGOS, 07/03/2024 – Heirs Energies, Africa’s leading integrated energy company, has announced a further expansion of its gas supply business, supplying the recently commissioned 188 MW power plant operated by Geometric Power Limited, located in Aba, Abia State.

Heirs Energies is a leading provider of gas to the Nigerian National Grid, and already supplies TransAfam Power Limited, with a capacity of 966MW, and First Independent Power Limited (FIPL), with a capacity of 541MW. Heirs Energies also supplies gas to local distribution companies, gas-based industries, and other industrial customers.

Founded in 2021, Heirs Energies operates OML17 and related infrastructure, with a mission to ensuring that Nigerian businesses and consumers derive direct and ongoing benefit from the country’s natural resources. All gas produced from OML 17 is supplied to the domestic gas industry.

Heirs Energies is pioneering a new era in Nigeria’s energy sector. With the operation of OML17 and its associated assets, the company has been pivotal in ensuring a reliable and sustainable gas supply, directly contributing to the nation’s industrial and economic growth. Heirs Energies’ gas supplies to these critical power plants not only reinforce its major role in Nigeria’s energy sector, but also underscore its strategic vision in developing operational synergies throughout the energy value chain.

Creating a Nigerian champion in domestic gas supply represents a further example of Heirs Holdings role as a long-term strategic investor in the Nigerian energy sector, with interests in the recently listed Transcorp Power Plc, TransAfam, and Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc, and as an operator of oil-producing assets more than 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). With a unique vision of ensuring Africa’s natural resources serve Africa’s interests, the Heirs Group is driven by founder Tony Elumelu’s Africapitalism philosophy of ensuring businesses deliver both economic and social benefits to stakeholders.

Osa Igiehon, CEO of Heirs Energies, praised the company’s growing impact: “Our ability to supply these three major power plants demonstrates Heirs Energies’ dedication to lighting up Nigeria and supporting our country’s journey towards economic and social prosperity. We are not just participants in the energy sector; we are facilitators of growth and development, driven by a mission to ensure that Nigeria’s natural resources benefit its people.”

Heirs Energies’ gas plant in Agbada, Rivers State, produces over 80 MMSCFD (million standard cubic feet per day) of gas. 100 percent of
this gas output is channelled into the domestic market to meet local demands, supporting Nigeria’s energy needs and exemplifying Heirs Energies’ commitment to powering thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and industries, reinforcing its role in catalysing Nigeria’s
industrialisation.

About Heirs Energies

Heirs Energies Limited (formerly HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited) is Africa’s largest indigenous-owned integrated energy company, committed to meeting Africa’s unique energy needs whilst aligning with global sustainability goals. With a strong focus on innovation, environmental responsibility, and community development, Heirs Energies leads the evolving energy landscape and contributes to a more prosperous Africa.

Heirs Energies Celebrates Third Anniversary

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  • Significant Milestones in Production Growth, Transformational Community Engagement, and a Sound Safety Record

LAGOS 19/01/2024 – Heirs Energies, Africa’s foremost indigenous-owned integrated energy company, commemorated its third anniversary.

In a short timescale, Heirs Energies has implemented a track record of significant production increases, pioneered a new model of community engagement built a world-class Nigerian management team, all contributing to a new beginning in ensuring Nigeria’s sustainable energy future.

Heirs Energies launched in January 2021, following the completion of an 8-year, $1.2 billion transaction to acquire oil license OML17, from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, and ENI, and solidifying the joint venture partnership with the NNPC.

The Chairman of Heirs Energies, Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, expressed his pride, while reflecting on his vision for Heirs Energies, stating, “As someone from the Niger Delta, I had seen firsthand how Nigeria’s resource wealth can be mishandled.  The energy sector was an industry that had frankly not served Nigeria’s interest.  I knew Nigeria could do better and control her destiny. My vision was to build Africa’s largest indigenous-owned integrated energy company, focused on Africa’s unique energy needs. As I look back now, we have more than succeeded.”

Heirs Energies has become a role model institution within the energy sector. Milestones, and achievements within three-years of operations include:

  • Significant rise in oil production: At a time when Nigeria needs to optimise output, Heirs Energies’ oil production has surged from 27,000 to 40,000 barrels a day. Theft and losses which reached a peak of 97% late 2021, has now been reduced to less than 15%, with definitive actions taken by government to address the pipeline security and related concerns.
  • Steady gas production for domestic use: Heirs Energies commenced gas production and has rapidly become an important contributor to domestic gas supply in Nigeria. 100% of gas produced goes into domestic market to meet local demand, providing energy to thousands of households, supplementing power plants, and supporting various gas-reliant industries in the region.
  • Top quartile safety records:Heirs Energies boasts three incident free years, maintaining zero Loss Time Injury (LTI) operations in OML 17 with 1.5 million man-hours.
  • Community engagement that works: Heirs Energies continues to live up to a philosophy of a shared destiny with local communities, by seeking out local talent and creating entrepreneurs. Over 300 young people have been empowered through skill acquisition programmes, while the electrical infrastructure upgrades across host communities, have impacted a population of over 270,000 people.
  • A world-class Nigerian organisation: Heirs Energies takes particular pride in its fully Nigerian team, who are catalysing and delivering innovative technical solutions every day. A true demonstration of Nigerian excellence in institutionalising and executing key strategies.

Chairman, Heirs Energies, Tony O. Elumelu, commended the team, sharing his deep gratitude for their commitment to his vision of creating value for all stakeholders within the energy sector.

He said, “I want to take this opportunity and mark this anniversary, by saluting and thanking the Heirs Energies team, led by MD/CEO, Osa Igiehon.  Your hard work, dedication and expertise has enabled us to become a role model within the energy sector, as we strive towards our purpose of improving lives and communities across our continent.’

Heirs Energies recognises the importance of a sustainable future and plans to play a role in Nigeria’s transition to a more sustainable energy source.  The journey reflects a commitment to bring abundant and affordable power to schools, hospitals, and industries, shaping a sustainable future for Africa.

About Heirs Energies Limited

Heirs Energies Limited (formerly HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited) is Africa’s leading indigenous-owned integrated energy company, committed to meeting Africa’s unique energy needs while aligning with global sustainability goals.  Having a strong focus on innovation, environmental responsibility, and community development, Heirs Energies leads in the evolving energy landscape and contribute to a more prosperous Africa.

Heirs Energies honoured for Sustainable Operations at NBLA 2023

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Heirs Energies, an indigenous-owned integrated energy company has marked another milestone by securing the esteemed “Excellence in Sustainable Energy Operations” award at the 2023 Nigerian Business Leadership Awards (NBLA) organised by BusinessDay Media.

This accolade reaffirms Heirs Energies’ strategy towards meeting Africa’s unique energy needs in a sustainable manner.

The Nigerian Business Leadership Awards (NBLA) honours outstanding achievements across various sectors, acknowledging innovation, impact, and sustainable practices among companies nationwide. Heirs Energies emerged a clear leader in the sectoral awards category for its exemplary contributions to sustainable energy operations, a testament to its dedication to revolutionising the energy landscape.

Chief Executive Officer of Heirs Energies, Osayande Igiehon, expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating, “This award is a testament to our team’s relentless dedication and validates our commitment to a shared destiny with the local communities in which we operate. At Heirs Energies, sustainability is not just a goal but our guiding principle driving every one of our initiatives.”

Heirs Energies prioritises transparency, ethics, and corporate social responsibility, ensuring its operations deliver on its sustainability objectives. By empowering communities, mitigating environmental impact, and driving socio-economic development, Heirs Energies continues to demonstrate the capacity to deliver sustainable energy solutions while leveraging emerging technologies.

About Heirs Energies Limited

Heirs Energies Limited (Formerly known as HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited) is an indigenous-owned integrated energy company, committed to meeting Africa’s unique energy needs while aligning with global sustainability goals in achieving net zero by 2050. Having a strong focus on innovation, environmental responsibility, and community development, Heirs Energies leads in the evolving energy landscape and contribute to a more prosperous Africa.

Heirs Holdings’ Oil & Gas Becomes Heirs Energies

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  • Brand Positioning Demonstrates Heirs Holdings’ Integrated Energy Strategy

LAGOS – October 18, 2023 – HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited (HHOG), Africa’s largest indigenous-owned integrated energy company, has announced a major rebranding, changing name to Heirs Energies Limited and with a refreshed logo colour scheme, reinforcing the strategy of meeting Africa’s unique energy needs in a sustainable manner.

With the urgency of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, Heirs Energies will utilise its extensive expertise, resources, and innovation to lead in transforming the energy landscape, while creating a lasting, positive impact on the environment.

Heirs Energies will continue its exploration and production, while leveraging on emerging technologies to cut carbon emissions by eliminating gas flaring, as well as investing in gas utilisation projects to harness the abundant energy sources for improved energy access, that will drive development on the continent.

Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, Chairman of Heirs Energies, commented: “This new brand identity reiterates our passion for innovation, growth, and sustainability in Africa. Heirs Energies signifies our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility, value creation in Africa, integration across our value chains, while working together with our community towards a shared destiny. We are excited to embark on this transformative journey, that will shape the future of the energy sector in Africa.”

Commenting, the Chief Executive Officer of Heirs Energies, Osayande Igiehon said, “Heirs Energies embodies our unique intention and approach to the energy sector. Our focus is not only on meeting Africa’s unique energy needs, but also doing so in a sustainable and responsible manner, that aligns with global environmental goals.”

Heirs Energies prioritises transparency, ethics, and corporate social responsibility, ensuring its operations deliver on its sustainability objectives. In doing so, the company demonstrates Heirs Holdings founding philosophy of Africapitalism, ensuring the private sector drives African development, responsibly delivering economic and social transformation.

About Heirs Energies Limited

Heirs Energies Limited (Formerly known as HeirsHoldings Oil & Gas Limited) is Africa’s largest indigenous-owned integrated energy company, committed to meeting Africa’s unique energy needs while aligning with global sustainability goals in achieving net zero by 2050. Having a strong focus on innovation, environmental responsibility, and community development, Heirs Energies leads in the evolving energy landscape and contribute to a more prosperous Africa.

Heirs Oil & Gas Reiterates Commitment to Global ESG Best Practices

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  • Doubles gas production capacity of OML 17 while upholding ESG commitments

Lagos, 24/05/2022 – Heirs Oil & Gas, Africa’s integrated energy company has reaffirmed its commitment to both national and global environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) best practices in view of its upcoming operational 1-year anniversary. An important aspect of this commitment is the elimination of routine flaring from HHOGs OML 17 by 2025, in compliance with the Nigerian Government’s routine Flare Reduction/Elimination goal and global greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.

The CEO, of Heirs Oil & Gas, Osa Igiehon, in a comment, laid out the steps being taken by the organisation to ensure the implementation of the plans to meet the commitment.

“Decades of underinvestment in the asset cannot be corrected in a few months, since taking over the asset, we have been working arduously on this objective with the execution of flare reduction projects such as follows: AGG (Associated Gas Gathering) compressor uptime improvement, Facility upgrades, provision of gas gathering solutions and Facility off-gas utilisation initiatives,” he stated.

In line with the set objectives, since the acquisition, HHOG has more than doubled the gas production capacity of OML-17 from 50 to 120 mmscfd within the short period we have operated this asset. All this gas goes into the eastern Nigeria domestic gas market to enhance power generation and create the much-needed feedstock for gas-based industries, sustaining & creating jobs and improving lives.

On the social front, HHOG continues to make meaningful contributions towards improving the livelihoods of Africans. We believe that understanding and addressing the interests of our host communities is critical for achieving success in our operations. We continuously seek opportunities to create a positive impact through community infrastructure development and empowerment initiatives.

As a leading indigenous operator, HHOG remains committed to making a positive impact in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.

About Heirs Oil & Gas

Heirs Oil & Gas is a leading African, indigenous owned, integrated energy company, headquartered in Nigeria, whose assets include Nigerian oil block OML 17, with a current production capacity of over 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential.

Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG) is jointly owned by Heirs Holdings, the leading African strategic investor and affiliate company Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s largest publicly listed conglomerate.

Heirs Oil & Gas’ OML 17 wins PFI Africa Deal of the Year

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  • HHOGs OML 17 deal awarded 2021 Project Finance International (PFI) Africa deal of the year

Lagos, 11/05/2022 Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), Africa’s integrated energy company has been awarded the ‘Africa deal of the year 2021’ by Project Finance International (PFI), following its $1.1 billion financing and acquisition of 45% stake in OML 17 in 2021. The award ceremony which took place on Monday, May 9 in London was a gathering of senior industry leaders to celebrate excellence.

“On behalf of the HHOG team, I would like to thank PFI for this great honour which recognises the OML 17 acquisition deal, while also acknowledging the efforts of the entire team involved in the transaction.” said the Executive Director, Heirs Oil & Gas, Samuel Nwanze.

The deal, which was announced in January 2021, saw Heirs Holdings, the leading African strategic investor, in partnership with affiliated company Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), acquire a 45% participating interest in Nigerian oil license OML 17 and related assets from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, and ENI.

Chief Executive Officer, Heirs Oil & Gas, Osayande Igiehon said “This great recognition reiterates our commitment to excellence in our bid to fulfil Africa’s unique energy needs and ensure that Africa’s natural resources are directed toward value creation on the continent.”

The PFI awards is organised by Project Finance International (PFI) which a leading source in global project finance reporting, covering all the major sectors, including transport, power, oil & gas, infrastructure and mining.

About Heirs Oil & Gas

Heirs Oil & Gas is a leading African, indigenous owned, integrated energy company, headquartered in Nigeria, whose assets include Nigerian oil block OML 17, with a current production capacity of over 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential.

Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG) is jointly owned by Heirs Holdings, the leading African strategic investor and affiliate company Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s largest publicly listed conglomerate.

Heirs Oil & Gas Announces CEO and Board Appointments

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  • Welcomes Former Senior Shell Executive, Osayande Igiehon, as CEO

Lagos, 06/05/2021 Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), the leading African integrated energy company, has announced the appointment of Osayande Igiehon as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2021, together with a distinguished non-executive board, bringing together leading industry figures, with considerable global and regional experience.

Heirs Holdings Limited (HH) portfolio company, HHOG, completed the acquisition of OML17 in January 2021, in one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in more than a decade, with a financing component of US$1.1 billion. The transaction represents a further implementation of the HH Group strategy of creating the leading integrated energy business in Africa. Through a series of strategic portfolio holdings, HH is executing this strategy. Most recently, affiliate company, Transcorp made a US$300 million acquisition of Afam Power, increasing the Group installed electricity generating capacity to 2,000MW.

Mr. Igiehon, who joins from the Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), where he was previously a Vice-President with the Group in the Hague, Netherlands. He brings over twenty-seven years of experience and expertise in the oil and gas sector with Shell, where he held a series of senior management positions. Mr. Igiehon previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Gabon, where he led the successful turnaround of the operational, safety and financial performance.

HHOG is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following distinguished private sector and senior industry leaders to the Board:

  • Tony O. Elumelu, CON is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
  • Sally Udoma who previously served as general counsel for Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East Exploration and Production. Previously, she was general counsel for Sasol Chevron Consulting Limited and managing counsel at the London Legal Service Centre for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She has also served as general counsel and general manager for Chevron Nigeria Limited.
  • Anil Dua is a founding partner at Gateway Partners Limited, a private equity fund specialising in dynamic growth markets including Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Dua worked for over thirty-five years with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US, where he held various roles including Regional CEO West Africa and Regional Head of Origination and Client Coverage, Africa.
  • Ahmadu Kida Musa who previously served as Deputy Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has over thirty-two years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and brings considerable expertise in Nigerian oil and gas.
  • Stanley Lawson currently serves on the board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. He is Managing Partner at Financial Advisory & Investment Consultants Ltd. Dr Lawson previously occupied the position of Group Executive Director-Finance & Accounts at Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
  • Samuel Nwanze is the Chief Finance Officer at Heirs Oil and Gas. Prior to this he was the Chief Investment Officer at Heirs Holdings responsible for investment and capital management.

Commenting, Mr. Igiehon stated:

“HHOG represents an extraordinary opportunity, to create Africa’s first true integrated energy company, with a mission to ensure that Africa’s natural resources are directed toward value creation in Africa, powered by sustainable, robust and abundant African energy. I am excited to join the Heirs Oil and Gas leadership team and look forward to the opportunity to transform the energy sector, purposefully address Africa’s energy needs and improve the lives of people across Africa.”

The Chairman of the Board, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, stated: “I am delighted to welcome our new board members. We are building a role model institution for African businesses and our investment in human capital is a further strong demonstration of our intent. The regional and global expertise of our board members will serve to further drive value creation to our continent, as we execute our goal of becoming Africa’s largest, indigenous, integrated energy company.”

 

About Heirs Oil & Gas

Heirs Oil & Gas is a leading African, indigenous owned, integrated energy company, headquartered in Nigeria, whose assets include Nigerian oil block OML17, with a current production capacity of 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential.

Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG) is jointly owned by Heirs Holdings, the leading African strategic investor and affiliate company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s largest publicly listed conglomerate.