09 January 2016, Lagos — Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc,has announced the appointment of Yetunde Bajela-Taiwo,as its Head of Gas Business.
Taiwo was, until August 2015, the General Manager, Planning at NAPIMS, the Investment arm of Nigerian state hydrocarbon company NNPC.
She was head of planning and economics at Seplat before she joined NNPC in 2013, as NAPIMS’ GM Planning. Now her role in Seplat has a higher profile. The NPDC/Seplat Joint Venture, which Seplat operates, is currently the third largest supplier of gas to the domestic market, after the NNPC/Chevron JV and the NPDC/NDWestern JV.
As Seplat expands its operated gas production capacity from 300Million standard cubic feet per day to 525MMscf/d, Taiwo will be overseeing the business growth.
“The gas business will pull in a third of our overall revenue”, says Austin Avuru, Seplat’s Chief Executive Officer.
He had released Mrs. Bajela-Taiwo to NNPC “to help them in strengthening capacity”, Mr. Avuru says. “But when they asked her to leave, I wondered if they really were keen on retaining talent. I simply asked her to come back”.
Bajela-Taiwo joined Chevron Nigeria Limited in 1991, straight from Youth Service, as a reservoir engineer. By the time she left the American major, for BG, in 2007, she was a planning advisor at the company’s Asset Management Division. She worked for BG as Economics manager before she showed up at Seplat in May 2011 as head of planning and economics.
*Mohammed Shosanya – Daily Trust