May 19, 2020

Oando Achieves Five-Year LTI Shutout on OES Integrity Rig

Oil and Gas
africa energy
Africa exploration
Skills Junction
2 min
Oando Achieves Five-Year LTI Shutout on OES Integrity Rig

Oando Energy Services Ltd (OESL) is celebrating five years of continuous operations without Lost Time Injury (LTI) on its flagship rig, OES Integrity.

The Oando PLC subsidiary and Nigeria’s leading indigenous operator of swamp drilling rig services has been lauded for the achievement both internally and externally, epitomising the company’s recent operational excellence optimisation strategies.

“This exceptional achievement is a validation of the safe work culture on our rigs,” said Oando Energy Services Limited CEO, Mr. Bandele Badejo. “I commend the commitment, dedication, and effort of the ‘OES Integrity’ team in maintaining its focus on operational excellence, in spite of the downturn in the service industry.

“With this milestone we have convincingly demonstrated that we can consistently operate our rigs incident free with the proactive implementation of our EHSSQ and operational processes.”

The ‘OES Integrity’ swamp rig has successfully drilled, completed, and worked on 18 wells in the course of its campaign, and is the first 3,000 HP modern swamp drilling barge to operate in the Niger Delta. It is equipped with 15,000 psi Blowout Preventers (BOP), which are designed to drill High Pressure/ High Temperature (HPHT) wells to depths of 30,000 ft.

Oando PLC’s Chief Environmental Health Safety Security and Quality Officer, Mr. Chjioke Akwukwuma added: “The ‘OES Integrity’ crew has worked for 1,823 days without any disruption to operations resulting from personnel injury – this is a significant and laudable feat in the history of OESL. 

“It is further proof of our dedication to building an enduring safety culture and adherence to best practices. We will continue to integrate safety processes in our day-to-day business operations across all our locations and where possible improve on these processes so that we consistently surpass past achievements”.

LTI has become an oil and gas industry benchmark in limiting, or eradicating the amounts of injuries sustained on the job, and the subsequent downtime that occurs as a result. Oando has recognised this as one of its main KPIs as part of its general safety and environmental standards.

Image: © Oando Plc

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.


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