HSE in Africa —What is the New Normal in Oil and Gas?

Covid-19 arrived and changed everything. We’ve used words such as pivot to express rapid change, and have coined phrases such as “The New Normal” to explain the unfamiliar. More than 12 months later, we find ourselves navigating and trying to understand the impact the pandemic has had and will have.

In this SPE Live we’ll look at HSE in the oil and gas industry in Africa, focusing on how organizations have adapted and implemented change, in both field and general operations. We’ll also address the importance of mental health awareness and advocacy, discussing what has been done in the region and what more can be done.

The discussion will attempt to define what “The New Normal” could look like for the industry in Africa. Join us for an insightful conversation in response to the most recent HSE Workshop – it’s a conversation not to be missed!

Guest Speakers include:
Oghogho Effiom, Shell Nigeria E&P
Uche Okorocha, Stripes Health Services Limited

This SPE Live will be moderated by Blessing Ejiro Inubiwon, Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited.

This SPE Live was supported in part by the committee for the SPE Virtual Workshop: Emerging Fronts – HSE Management and Sustainability of Petroleum Operations in Africa:
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This SPE Live is categorized under the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical discipline.

Oghogho Effiom

Senior Development Planner

Shell Nigeria

Oghogho has nearly 20 years of technical experience in the Upstream oil and gas businesses with assignments in Nigeria and the United States covering offshore drilling operations, reserves estimation, field development and execution. Her current role involves project maturation, risk management, technical integration and stakeholder management.  

Oghogho is a senior production geologist, a 4D seismic interpretation subject matter expert and a front-end development project manager, currently working with Shell Companies in Nigeria leading projects in both deep water and shallow offshore. She is happily married to Joseph and has two teenage sons 


Blessing Ejiro Inubiwon

Lead HSE Planning & Assurance

Heritage Energy Operational Services

Blessing Ejiro Inubiwon is the Lead HSE Planning & Assurance at Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited with more than 18 years of hands-on and leadership experience in Health, Safety, Security and Environment in oil & gas producing companies 

She joined Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in 2017 and has delivered world-class HSE leadership and achieved significant safety performance. Blessing is the Women in Energy chairperson for SPE Warri, Nigeria Section 104. 

Uche Okorocha

Health Management Consultant

Stripes Health Services

Dr. Okorocha obtained a medical degree, MBBS, from Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing the health and well-being of the very diverse workforce of multinationals across Sub-Saharan Africa; is a globally acknowledged advisor on Health Planning and Management; and speaks at several international conferences.  

Maintaining extensive global alliances and affiliations, Dr. Okorocha is an active member of the Africa Health Executives Platform and currently serves as the co-chair for the Health Committee of the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

With the ongoing pandemic, he is actively advising multinationals in the Oil and Gas sector, as well as coordinating private sector support for local response efforts. 


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