Afren has extended its indigenous partnership in Nigeria with Oriental and formed its first Nigerian partnership with Addax Petroleum, to jointly develop the Okwok Field .
Under the terms of the farm-in agreement with Addax Petroleum, Afren as Technical Advisor, will acquire a 28 percent legal interest and an effective 70 percent economic interest (pre cost recovery), reverting to 56 percent (post cost recovery), subject to gross volumes lifted. Afren has undertaken to fund the drilling of one exploration or appraisal well, after which Afren and Addax Petroleum will jointly fund field development costs pro-rata (70 percent and 30 percent respectively).
In 2001, Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited ("Mobil") contributed Okwok to Nigeria’s Marginal Field Program, which was established by the Nigerian government to encourage greater indigenous participation in the oil and gas sector. Pursuant to this program, Oriental completed a farm-in agreement for Okwok with Mobil and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ("NNPC") in June 2006. Addax Petroleum subsequently entered into a JVA with Oriental, acquiring a 40 percent interest in Okwok and assumed the role of Technical Advisor. The field benefits from the Nigerian Marginal Field Fiscal and Tax Regime.
Following the farm-in to develop the nearby Ebok Field with Oriental in March 2008, Afren had entered into a collaborative agreement with Oriental to pursue other assets in the region. Okwok represents an important step within this collaboration agreement, focused on a region where a large number of existing fields similar to Okwok and Ebok are good candidates for future development.
Under the field technical description, Okwok is an undeveloped oil field located in OML 67, 50 km offshore in 132 ft of water and 15 km east of the Afren/Oriental owned Ebok development.
The field was discovered by the ExxonMobil / NNPC JV in 1967 (Okwok-1), and two subsequent appraisal wells were drilled in 1968 (Okwok-2 and Okwok-3) but not production tested. The wells encountered oil in the LD1and D2 series of reservoirs with over 100 ft of oil pay logged in the Okwok-2 well at the D2 level plus multiple 50 ft oil bearing sections in the LD1 in Okwok-1 and Okwok-2.
Oriental and Addax Petroleum drilled a further three wells in 2006 which found over 100 ft of oil pay in the D2 of Okwok-4st and an approximate equivalent amount of pay in the LD1 series in Okwok-8. The Okwok-4ST1 well sampled 32° API quality crude, while Okwok-8 tested 27 degrees API quality crude oil at a rate of 1,200 bopd per day from the LD1 reservoir interval.
Through the Company’s enhanced technical understanding of the area based on detailed work and appraisal drilling at Ebok, Afren estimates:
That the field has STOIIP of 225 mmbbls in the D2 and LD1c, LD1d and LD1e reservoirs;
Assuming a 32 percent recovery factor, 70 mmbbls of oil in place could potentially be produced; and
Upside exploration potential at the deeper Qua Iboe level could add significantly to the reserves base. Two prospects have been identified and are each estimated to contain circa 200 mmbbls STOIIP.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria
Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.
Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.
Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.
Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.
Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.
The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.
Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”
Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.
The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.
On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”
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