The Board of Directors of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has announced the appointment of Mr. Tony Attah as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Attah takes over from Mr. Babs Omotowa, who was appointed in December 2011.
Before his new assignment, Attah was at Shell Group integrated gas business as Senior Projects Advisor, working on projects in The Netherlands and Singapore. He was Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) before then. According a statement issued by NLNG General Manager in charge of External Relations, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke, Omotowa will be returning to Shell International in The Hague, Netherlands in a stronger position and well positioned for the next chapter of the company growth.
Attah comes to NLNG with a 28 year experience in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. A trained mechanical engineer and an MBA holder, Attah started his career in Sokoto Cement Company as a Maintenance and Operations Shift Supervisor. He joined Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 1991, working in various technical and management roles in field maintenance, production operations, core engineering and major projects inaugurating, rotating equipment engineering, among others.
Attah was also once Head of Joint Venture Economics in Commercial. Between 2005 and 2007, Attah managed the Soku Gas Plant as Asset Superintendent and Operations Manager of the initial NLNG gas supply as well as NLNG Train 3 construction works. Attah oversaw the operation readiness of other petroleum and natural gas production projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and the start-up of a liquefied natural-gas extraction system north of the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin as the Regional Manager Operations Readiness and Assurance Account manager for EPG Africa projects and Russia Sakhalin OR&A.
In 2009, he was appointed General Manager Western Location & Sustainable Development External Focus; and in 2010, he became the Vice President (VP), Health Safety, Environment, Sustainable development and Corporate Affairs including Communications, Crisis and Reputation Management. In 2013, he was appointed the Vice President HR Shell Sub Saharan Africa, maintaining the business competitive edge through talent development, resourcing and providing support to the business.
In 2014, Attah assumed the position of Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), in addition to his role as VP HR. He was responsible for SNEPC offshore business integration and leadership, and managing a network of external and internal stakeholder. At NLNG, Attach will be responsible for sustaining NLNG top quartile performance in supplying LNG to the global energy market and advancing the company expansion programmes.
Omotowa will take great pride and satisfaction in his numerous achievements including consolidating the company position as a reliable supplier of LNG and major player in the global LNG market, restarting the Train 7 expansion programme and with NLNG becoming ranked as the number one home-grown company in Nigeria. NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the federal government, represented by the, NNPC (49 per cent), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6 per cent), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15 per cent), and Eni International (N.A,) N. V. S. a. r. l (10.4 per cent).