Operations Readiness And Assurance Lead Needed At SEPLAT – Oil&Gas

Operations Readiness And Assurance Lead Needed At SEPLAT – Oil&Gas

SEPLAT is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company incorporated and operating in Nigeria with a strategic focus on Nigeria. The company was founded in 2009 by Shebah Petroleum Development Company Limited and Platform Petroleum (Joint Ventures) Limited for the purpose of investing in Nigerian oil and gas opportunities. Maurel & Prom, a French independent oil company, subsequently acquired a 45 per cent equity interest in SEPLAT; this interest was later spun-off to form Maurel & Prom Nigeria S.A (now Maurel & Prom International)

In July 2010, it acquired a 45 per cent participating interest in three producing assets (OMLs 4, 38 and 41) and was appointed operator of these portfolio of three on-shore producing oil and gas leases located in the prolific western Niger Delta basin of Edo and Delta states. The 45% participating interest in these OMLs were acquired from SPDC, Total (E&P) Nigeria and NAOC. At the beginning, SEPLAT was in JV partnership with NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Co-operation) until NNPC transferred its 55% interest to NPDC (Nigeria Petroleum Development Company). SEPLAT is the operator of these assets in the NPDC/SEPLAT Joint Venture.

SEPLAT has become a leading indigenous oil and gas operator in Nigeria. The company has increased its production and reserves year-on-year and has grown revenues and net profit in each year since it commenced operations. The company’s production has maintained a remarkable growth trajectory, rising from a gross operated oil production of 14,000 barrels per day at inception to its current daily crude oil production of around 60,000 barrels per day. The OMLs have a combined proven and probable reserve in excess of 500 million barrels of liquid hydrocarbon and gas reserves in excess of 1.6TCF. These provide a platform for significant potential growth.

Operations Readiness And Assurance Lead

Job description

Overall Purpose of the Job:

Manage the process of preparing the custodian of an asset under construction such that at the point of handover, the custodian is fully ready to assume ownership of the asset. Ensure that the custodian of the asset accept responsibility for, and capable of performing safe and efficient operation of the asset in a safe and sustainable manner. Provides assurance to the various stake holders in a project that the asset is in a state of readiness to operate or will be by the time the project is handed over.

Principal Accountabilities:

Provide Asset (Production/Maintenance) inputs to projects and ensure Operations readiness to accept and operate facilities upon commissioning.


Manage interface between projects and asset teams to make facility ready for commissioning and seamless handover.


Ensure design, construction, installation and commissioning of projects meet current technical integrity requirements through reviews and change management processes to ensure operability and maintainability of new projects.


Implement competence development plan for staff taking over new facilities through coordination and implementation of learning plans for new projects to build human capital development of Production / Maintenance staff.  Coach and mentor younger staff.


Ensure project deliverables are delivered timely and in conformance to Operations philosophy and requirements to improve the business.


Ensure resources, operations support and management systems are in place to take custody of new asset


Prepare and execute pre -start up audits of new facilities to ensure that new facilities being handed over are certified safe in line with Seplat HSE policy.


Operate new facilities and manage operations during initial phase of facility completion to ensure smooth takeover.


Co-ordinate participation of asset team members in the various studies relating to projects in their facilities to ensure adequate operations input to projects.


Ensure compliance with global processes and best industry practices in the delivery of projects.

Desired Skills and Experience

Job Knowledge and Qualifications:

B. Eng./Sc degree in  Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation/Process Engineering  with a minimum of 10 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Must have a minimum of 5 years hands on experience as a Facility Manager in an oil and gas surface facilities operation.


Ability to read and interprete  Engineering drawings, Project Management, Ability to work under pressure, Presentation  skill, Good inter-personal relation, Effective communication skill, Technical writing skill, Knowledgeable on local and international standards/procedures, Analytical mind, Self -motivated and achievement oriented, Change management. Oil and gas production and facility management.


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