PROJECT MANAGER - NJABA (140518) in Lagos, Nigeria

at Addax Petroleum

Oil & Gas / Mining
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Position Description Responsible for the management of all project execution activities, from Definition through to Operate phase of the Njaba Development project, including securing necessary regulatory approvals. The Njaba field is located onshore in OML 124, approximately 15km to the East of Company’s existing Izombe Flow Station (IFS) in Imo State, Nigeria. Recoverable reserves (2P) are estimated at 12 MMBbls and estimated production is expected to peak at 10,000 BOPD. 

The project will be executed in two phases. Phase 1 comprises a simple free-flowing production facility at Njaba location, including production and gas lift manifold facilities, together with a 12” x 15 km 3-phase production pipeline from Njaba to Izombe and a 6” x 15km gas lift pipeline from Izombe to Njaba and associated modifications / tie-ins to the IFS. In phase 2, additional processing equipment will be installed at Izombe with pressure boosting equipment also installed at Njaba in the form of gas compressor, booster pump and production separator.

The project FDP and associated budget was approved by NAPIMS and DPR in Jan’14 and FID is currently targeted for 2Q’14. Phase 1 of this project will be progressed on a fast track schedule, with first oil targeted for mid-2015. 

Currently estimated Facilities project cost is $US 120 million.



Formulate and carry out all tasks needed to ensure the successful execution of the Njaba Project on time, within budget and with due regard to HSES and quality, including:

1.Manage the execution of the Njaba project via the Corporate “ADS” stage gate approval process.

2.Prepare and maintain a “fit for purpose” Project Execution Plan (PEP).

3.Maintain a project risk register and develop mitigation plans for all major identified risks.

4.Prepare and maintain Project budgets, identify and raise Approval-For-Expenditure requests (AFE’s), and monitor the same.

5.Carry out monthly Forecast At Completion (FAC) cost estimation exercises.

6.Coordinate constructability reviews for associated installation and tie-in activities.

7.Coordinate commissioning activity planning.

8.Ensure Njaba design adequately caters for Production requirements in terms of operability and obtain Production acceptance of same.

9.Liaise closely with Production department on all aspects of the execution including Permits to Work, shutdowns, and work coordination to ensure that the Project is completed and formally handed over on schedule. 

10.Provide input to Technical Work Programmes and annual budgets as part of the annual business cycle.

11.Provide monthly reports in accordance with departmental reporting requirements. 

12.Prepare Project close out and “lessons learnt” report. 


1.No fatalities, Zero LTI’s.

2.Accurate and timely monthly reporting on status, cost and schedule (both actuals and forecast).

3.Progression through ADS stage gates in accordance with Project schedule.

4.Full project delivery in accordance with agreed overall schedule and budget, and to level of quality as required by Company standards.

5.Both NAPIMS and AFE approvals secured ahead of making commitments, including any revisions. 

6.Project close-out report to be issued no later than 3 months after start-up.

7.Formally close-out all contracts within 6 months of Project start-up.

Financial Dimensions: 

Directly accountable for the execution of the total Project within the overall approved Internal and NAPIMS budgets. The Facilities component of the project is currently estimated at some $US 120 million.



Minimum of a University 2nd Class Honours degree in an engineering or relevant technical discipline.

Membership of a relevant Professional Institution preferred but not essential.

1.Minimum of 25 years experience in project, engineering and construction management, with at least 15 years recently at project management level in the upstream oil and gas industry.

2.Previous experience of working in Nigeria is preferred but not essential. 

3.Previous experience working internationally is a prerequisite.

4.Managed multidiscipline teams of diverse cultural backgrounds.

5.Computer literate (including sound working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MSProject ).


Ability to deliver quality projects safely with due regard to the environment, on time and within budget.

In-depth understanding of Project Management systems and the application thereof. 

Ability to work under pressure against tight deadlines whilst maintaining a high standard of consistency, accuracy and quality is essential.

Sound understanding of the relevant engineering codes and standards.

Strong interpersonal skills, able to deal with a broad spectrum of cultural and organisational styles, as well as being able to lead a team.

Ability to manage project interfaces both internally, and externally with contractors and authorities.

Sound understanding of HSES Management systems and the application thereof. 

Good presentation skills with the ability to articulate complex information into well structured and meaningful management reports and presentations.

Fluent spoken and written English.

Exemplary communication and team building skills – well able to lead and gain the respect of both colleagues and 3rd parties.

Ability to improvise / prioritise with little notice without losing attention to detail.

Proven track record of managing multicultural teams. 

Self starter, results-driven and focussed on delivery of quality products on time and within budget. 

Able to hold own ground when challenged but can present a balanced view in putting arguments forward. 

Comfortable working with others in a “workshop” oriented environment.

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