Tuesday, 8 March 2016
MEET ENGINEER CHRIS OGIEMWONYI.
Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi was born on the 21st day of March 1951 to
the family of Mr & Mrs Agbonkpolor Ogiemwonyi in Benin City, Edo
Chris Ogiemwonyi attended Western Boys School, Benin City before
proceeding to University of Benin in 1969 where he eventually
graduated with a B.SC (Hons) in Applied Physics option in Electronics
in 1974. He then proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he bagged
the Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering in 1976 through an
Chris Ogiemwonyi is a great technocrat with a "father-degree"? of
experience in oil and gas industry, he has also attended several local
and international courses, he's also a reckon product of the Harvard
Business School. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers,
also a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and former
President of the Nigeria Gas association.
Chris Ogiemwonyi is a recipient of the Justice of Peace (JP) by Edo
State Government and Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award, he's also a
patron to several bodies including NANS ??? National Association of
Nigerian Students, ACNPN ??? Association of Community Newspapers
Publishers of Nigeria etc.
Chris Ogiemwonyi's educational qualification speaks volume, he got his
WASCE certificate in 1969, in 1974 he became a B.SC holder in Applied
Physics, Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering in 1976,
became a Doctor of Engineering Ph.D (Honoris Causa) in 2008 and also
got the Doctor of Science Ph.D (Honoris Causa) in 2008.
Doctor of Science, Ph.D (Honoris Causa) 2008
Doctor of Engineering, Ph.D (Honoris Causa) 2007
Post graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering 1976
B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Physics 1974
Petroleum Engineer II
Chris Ogiemwonyi began his career as a Petroleum Engineer II in 1975
with the Conservation Department and in February, in 1977 Ogiemwonyi
was seconded to SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company) Warri. This
secondment was enriched by a four and half month Advance Petroleum
Engineering Programme in SPDC Training Centre in the Hague,
Exploration & Exploitation (E&E) - NNPC
In 1982, Chris Ogiemwonyi resumed work at the Exploration &
Exploitation (E&E) Division of NNPC and in 1985 he was transferred to
the National Reserves Evaluation as a Project Leader. While in office
as a project leader, Ogiemwonyi coordinated all efforts in Dallas, USA
in establishing a strong data Base for the Oil and gas Industry.
In 1988, he was moved back to the Exploration Division of the
Exploration& Exploitation (E&E) as Head, Petroleum Engineering
Department Company to nurture the newly created Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineer - NPDC
In 1988, Chris Ogiemwonyi became the project leader (Petroleum
Engineer) of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in
Benin City. The NPDC, incorporated in 1988 had as its main objective
the mission to compete as an indigenous Oil and Gas producing Company.
NPDC was assigned four acreages including OML ??? 65 containing Abura
Field then producing at 980 bopd.
Ogiemwonyi championed the takeover of NPDC and he kept an up-to-date
reserves position of the company.
He was the field project leader in Abuja as his company had the major
takeover asset from defunct TENNECO. Ogiemwonyi raised the production
level from 980 bopd to over 4,000 bopd in 1990. In 1992, he served as
Oredo Field Project Leader which was a Greenfield project that
involved KELT ENERGY,UK and IP CONSTRUCTION, Calgary. The project was
an engineering, procurement, construction as well as operations of
10,000 bopd early production facility which has now being expanded to
Ogiemwonyi also served as Oziengbe field Leader. This is another
10,000 bopd EPC facility at Oziengbe field.
General Manager, Operations - NAPIMS
In the year 1999, Chris Ogiemwonyi was promoted to the post of the
General Manager, operations and was moved to National Petroleum
Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) to oversee the Operations
Division. He also championed several projects as a general manager
most especially the Local content initiative of the Federal
Government, due to the hardworking service; Ogiemwonyi got appointed
as the Group General Manager NAPIMS in 2001.
While serving as the Group General Manager NAPIMS, Ogiemwonyi
supervised the whole industry including the Joint Ventures (JV) and
the Production Sharing Companies (PSCs).
During his days in NAPIMS, Ogiemwonyi served as Chairman, Nigeria OTC
Committee between 2003 and 2004. Notably, he also championed and
surpervised several key projects which includes the EA field, Erha
field, Bonga field, Agbami field amongst others.
During his term, NAPIMS achieved zero cash call arrears by October,
2003. As GGM NAPIMS, the Oil Industry was encouraged on joint
utilization of assets such as offshore swamp rigs.
Managing Director - NPDC
In November, 2003, Ogiemwonyi was re-assigned to NPDC as Managing
Director and his expertise helped in increasing NPDC production
from 20,000 bopd to 70,000bopd. He served as chairman, Project
Monitoring Committee (PMC) of Okono/Okpho Development Project, a
strategic alliance between NPDC and Agip Energy Limited (AENR). He
also served as Chairman, PMC of OMLs 64 and 66 Project, another
strategic alliance between NPDC and SINOPEC of China.
Managing Director - National Gas Company
Ogiemwonyi was again re-assigned to National Gas Company Limited as
Managing Director in March, 2005. He was determined to to increase
gas supply to major customers like; PHCN, SNG, GSLINK, WAPCO, SHAGAMU,
and EWEKORO, NOTORE FERTILIZER PH,OBAJANA CEMENT COMPANY etc NGC is
coordinating 130mmscf/d gas supply (WAGP ??? West Africa gas Supply
Project) to Benin, Togo, Ghana and hopefully to Ivory Coast.
TSGP ??? Trans- Sahara Gas Project, the 2 billion scf/d supply from
Nigeria through Algeria to Europe was another portfolio under his
supervision as NGC???s helmsman.
Group Executive Director - NNPC
In September, 2007, Ogiemwonyi became the Group Executive Director of
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC, Exploration &
While he served as GED Exploration and Production, Engr. Chris
Ogiemwonyi was in charge of seven NNPC Companies and Subsidiaries
which included National Petroleum Investment Management Services
NAPIMS), Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), LNG & Power Division, Integrated
Data Services Limited (IDSL), Nigerian Petroleum Development Company
(NPDC) Crude Oil, Marketing Division and Local Content Division.
President - EETCLTD
Ogiemwonyi is currently the President of Energy and Engineering
Technology Consulting Group, a position he has occupied since May
President - ESC
Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi served as the President, Energy Strategy Centre
(Esc) Abuja, an Energy and Consulting Group between September 2009
through April 2010.
Minister of State for Works
Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi was appointed Minister of State for Works in
April, 2010, an office he occupied till May 2011.
Another story began in his career on the 28th day of November when the
city of Benin celebrates in grand style as Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi
crossed over to the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the People's
Democratic Party (PDP) where he was when was elected as a Minister. In
this revealing event, Chris Ogiemwonyi publicly renounce the People's
Democratic Party (PDP), he emphasized on renouncing them forever.
This same event declared him as the party's Governorship Aspirant in