Kenyan appointed to African Energy Chamber advisory committee

 

SpringRock Group Country Manager Ogutu Okudo/ COURTESY

A Kenyan energy consultant has been named in the African Energy Chamber highest-level advisory committee to serve on local content matters and support capacity building across the continent.

SpringRock Group is a privately held energy company with main focus in Oil and Gas and Power sectors of the energy domain.

The Local Content Committee members are part of the chamber’s advisory board and serve in their personal capacities, representing decades of experience working for the leading local and international players in Africa.

Others in the committee are  Kola Karim, CEO, Shoreline Energy International; Walter Peviani, Managing Director, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Ltd; Jorg Kohnert, Managing Director, Jagal Energy; Chijioke Akwukwuma, MD/CEO, Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited; Jude Kearney, President, Kearney Africa; Eric Williams, President, Royal Triangle Energy Solutions; Pablo Memba, CEO, Equatorial Resources and Rémi Mouchel, Operations Director and President of the Executive Board, IFP Training.

The Local Content Committee is the second committee of the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board to be announced this week.

The chamber has put together leading industry experts, executives and public representatives to support several initiatives over the course of 2020 and 2021, such as local content development, natural gas and energy transitions, the promotion of an enabling environment and the expansion of exploration activities.

African Energy Chamber Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk said local content development needs to adapt to new market dynamics and developments in the African workforce this year.

“We cannot continue to blame others for the lack of progress. Local content is changing across the board and adapting to new realities and requirements,” Ayuk said.

“All stakeholders need to come around key priorities for our industry, including the integration of women, the development of new skills, especially as the African energy industry embraces digitisation, and finding way to develop a strong African regional content,” Ayuk added.

He further noted that 2020 has been a turning point for the African regional content, with increasing awareness across the continent on the need to build regional ventures and enterprises able to offer African solutions to African energy problems, from Senegal to Mozambique.

Ogutu Okudo and Deputy President William Ruto/ COURTESY

Who is Ogutu Ouko?

(Source Africa Oil Week)

Ogutu Ouko is the Country Manager of SpringRock Energy Kenya and Deputy Director of Business Development in Africa for SpringRock Group headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

She was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Upstream Oil and Gas Awards, Kenya in 2019 for her overall contributions to the development of Petroleum sector in Kenya.

This was for her efforts in drafting legislation and working closely on the Kenya Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) that saw the maiden shipment of Kenya’s first crude oil export in September 2019.

She is also the recipient of the ‘Power Gaga’ Award in 2018 at the Women in Energy Conference and Awards, East Africa, for outstanding leadership for a woman under

For SpringRock, she Ogutu provides a wealth of experience in project management, delivering operational strategies for asset monetisation, new market expansion and penetration.

She has worked on numerous of projects in East and West Africa, including well construction project management, field development planning, human talent development, corporate consultancies and first oil project management.

She joined BBOXX Kenya in 2019 as a non-executive director and has contributed to the development of solutions for offgrid communities by providing affordable, clean energy with their pay-as-you-go solar power.

Additionally, she is a founding board member of the Association of Women in Extractives Kenya (AWEIK), which promotes the participation of Kenyan women in the extractives value chain through Business, Capacity Development and Investment opportunities in Kenya.

In addition, she is the CEO and founder of Women in Energy and Extractives Africa (WEX Africa), a Sub-Saharan-focused non-profit organization working to bridge the gender gaps within the energy and extractive sectors by studying the impacts of oil, gas, mining, nuclear and alternative energy on the livelihoods of women and girls.

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