Bell Oil & Gas commissioned her over $4million Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard located at Plot 214 Ordinance Road, Off Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.

The occasion was flooded with dignitaries from all spheres of life starting from the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe, other members of the board, former Group Executive Director (E&P), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Abiye Membere, representatives of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), International Oil Companies (IOCs), National (Indigenous) Oil Companies (NOCs), Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Companies, just to mention few.


The Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd., Mr. Kayode Thomas said the journey that led to the inauguration of the GRE Spool Yard started in 2002, when the company attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OCT) for the first time in Houston, Texas (United State). He stated that the company had now achieved an enviable position in Glassfibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Pipes fabrication, installation and maintenance, with a range of completed and ongoing contracts on several FPSOs and Oil & Gas facilities in the country.

He further stated that “initially, we thought these were not likely to have much prospects in Nigeria. But upon further digging we realized that this pipes had huge advantages over carbon steel pipes in that they are corrosion-resistant. They are light weight (making installation easy). They require no welding (which threw up questions on how exactly the pipes will be joined together), and the applications areas are quite numerous: fire water systems, flow lines, cooling water lines, injection lines, chemical lines and potable water to name a few, even though they appear expensive, they are actually cheaper than steel pipes when you consider the total life cycle cost. The manufacturing methods were different, so were the installation techniques and methods of joining the pipes, meaning you need in-depth technical knowledge and expertise to make GRE work.”

Bell Oil & Gas (BOG) has been in the GRE business since 2004, where they carried out their first GRE installations on the Bonga FPSO. On that vessel, they deployed a team of 24 personnel, over a period of 18months delivering over 100,000 man hours of work. Since then, they have continued to grow their experience and expertise, providing solutions to a wide range of esteemed customers.

Over the last 10 years, we have become the reference point in 3 major areas; says the Chief Operating Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, Mr. Ayo Aderibigbe. “Firstly, we are a reference point in Capacity building – when we started (10 years ago), expatriate supervisors were flown into the country to lead our teams and guarantee the integrity of work done. Today, our GRE teams are all Nigerians who have been trained to international standards. We now have Nigerian supervisors who not only manage projects here in Nigeria but have led teams to other African Countries.

Secondly, by becoming Certified Trainers – we are a reference point across the continent – some of our men are now trained to highest possible level and these men are now license by National Oil well Varco (NOV), our technical partners to train and certify other people on behalf of NOV. In 2015 alone, we have trained about 40 Nigerians carrying out all forms of GRE fabrication and installation works; a number of them now work with us on the projects we are presently executing. Our training is not limited to Nigeria alone, some of our men have recently trained people in Ghana, Angola, Congo and Ivory Coast. We are proud to let you know that BOG is the first of two companies in Africa that have attained this train-the-trainer status.

Thirdly, we are a reference point in local content development in Nigeria. This is where we are today. We have invested in this facility to boost our capabilities and position ourselves to be able to execute high value projects with high complexities and a high volume of GRE piping. This facility is the first of its kind in Africa. It eliminates the need for any company to worry themselves with the importing GRE spools fabricated outside the shores of Nigeria. Doing work here will greatly increase Nigerian Content percentages on projects.”

Bell Oil & Gas have strategically positioned themselves to be the go-to company in Africa for engineering, supply, fabrication and installation of GRE piping systems. BOG is striving to become the synonym for GRE solutions. BOG leads the way in developing viable solutions to corrosion.

Below are some of the pictures of the event;

The Chief Operating Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, Mr. Ayo Aderibigbe welcomes the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe to the event.


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The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe delivering his speech at the Commissioning of Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.


(3rd from left) The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe cut the tape to declare open Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard while the Chief Executive Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, Mr. Kayode Thomas (1st from left) and other dignitaries and guests look on.

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The Chief Executive Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, Mr. Kayode Thomas addressing the dignitaries and guests at the Commissioning of Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.

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The Chief Operating Officer of Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, Mr. Ayo Aderibigbe enlightening dignitaries and guests about the Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) at the Commissioning of Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.


(2nd – 3rd from right) The Operation Manager, Bell Oil & Gas Ltd – Mr. Obinna Odum taking The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe round the Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.


Some of the fabricated GRE Spool Pipes on display at the Bell Oil & Gas Glass-Fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 8th of July, 2015.

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Ebi Dike

Operations Manager

Ebi Dike is a dynamic and results-oriented operations and project manager. With a successful track record and specialization in pipeline and piping operations and projects spanning over 15 years, Ebi has consistently delivered exceptional results in complex and challenging project environments.
Ebi’s strong leadership abilities have allowed him to effectively coordinate cross-functional teams, fostering collaboration, and ensuring seamless communication throughout project lifecycles. Since his involvement in the Bonga FPSO project in 2004, Ebi has lead project teams on other FPSOs like Erha, Agbami, Akpo, Usan, and Egina. He has also led project teams on other offshore and land production facilities like Total’s Ikike Project, Chevron’s DSO – Meren GGCP & SONAM Projects, Interplant Corridor Escravos Pipeline Project, and Abiteye Sewage Treatment Plant Project.
Ebi’s technical expertise is complemented by his in-depth knowledge of industry regulations, safety protocols, and quality control standards. He consistently applies best practices and innovative solutions to optimize processes, enhance efficiency, and minimize risks. His ability to analyze complex situations and make data-driven decisions has proven invaluable in resolving challenges and delivering successful outcomes. As Operations Manager, Ebi is responsible for managing cross-functional field operations and delivering various complex projects across an array of clients.
Ebi has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Information Technology, both from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He holds certifications in relevant areas such as piping design, equipment maintenance, safety, quality, and project management methodologies. He has also completed several training programmes in engineering design, construction, management, and improvement in operational processes. Ebi also actively pursues continuous learning opportunities and stays updated with the latest industry advancements.
Beyond oil and gas services, Ebi has interests in Systems and Design thinking, Data analytics, Agile concepts and principles, Lean Six Sigma principles, and emerging technologies. He is also an avid reader of different genres. Ebi is keen on making contributions to positively impact his immediate environment and the society at large.

Aigbe Abohi

Finance Manager

Aigbe Abohi is a seasoned professional with almost 10 years cognate industry experience in areas of accounting, financial management, financial planning and reporting, budgeting, and operational finance.

Prior to joining Bell Oil and Gas, he was a General Ledger Manager at Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc where he was responsible for general accounting operations, financial reporting, suggesting, and implementing sound internal control procedures, designing standard operating procedure manuals, preparing annual audited financial statements, as well as leading and coordinating external audit exercises for various companies in the agro allied value chain. He had also functioned as a finance and accounts team lead in other organizations where he oversaw finance and management reporting, accounts payables and receivables, inventory, payroll as well as fixed assets management.

In his current role at Bell Oil and Gas, he is responsible for supervising the finance team, coordinating a variety of finance and accounts activities including general accounting, accounts payables, payroll and treasury management, financial reporting and budgeting amongst others.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Benin, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

His hobbies include studying, sports, music, movies and networking.

DR. (Engr). Chima Ibeneche

Chairman, Board of Directors

Dr. (Engr.) Chima has over 31 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He spent his first three years with Schlumberger where he started out in 1978. He joined The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 1986. Chima was sent overseas on assignment as Senior Petrophysicist, Land Operations, in  Nederlandse Aardolle Maatschaappij, a Shell/ Esso company in Assen, northern Netherlands. He returned to Nigeria in 1989 to become the Divisional Chief Petrophysicist. He was later appointed Chief Petroleum Engineer in the Western Division of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).

Dr. Chima drilled the first horizontal well in Shell’s operations in Nigeria. From 1994 to 1999, he served as the Petroleum Economist for Europe and Africa at Shell International Headquarters in The Hague, Holland; Acting Petroleum Engineering Manager, Western Division; Human Resources Manager; and Deputy Development Director and Corporate Well Engineering Manager and Service Director at SPDC. In 2004, he became the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), pioneering offshore and deep-water exploration and production operations in Nigeria and bringing on stream the Bonga field. Chima joined NLNG in 2008 as the first Nigerian Managing Director from The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), a position he held between 2008 and 2012. During the same period, he was the Executive VP of Bonny Gas Transport Limited.

As the Chairman Board of Directors in Bell Oil & Gas, he is responsible for leading the Board on strategic matters and guiding the company on its strategic direction. Dr. Chima holds a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Doctorate Degree Honoris causa in Production Management from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Institute of Directors and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. He is also the former president of the Nigerian Gas Association and a fellow of the Energy Institute of London. He also serves on the board of several notable companies.


Position: Assistant General Manager

Ejiro Erivona has over 20 years of international experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. His expertise spans Business Operations Management , Business Development, Contracts and process management in the oil service industry as well as the Exploration and production segment of the Oil and Gas Business. 

He has managed key business divisions for various multinationals like Falcon, General Electric and Baker Hughes, working in various countries in Africa and North America, leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to achieve stellar business outcomes. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Manager, Operations at Nigeria’s Major E&P Independent- Conoil Producing Nigeria. 

Experienced in business startups, as well as new business generation, Ejiro has a track record of closing major deals in the IOCs, NOCs and marginal field operators in the sub-continent. 

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the university of wales and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Benin. He is also an alumnus of the Administrative College of India ( ASCI) 

Ejiro has a “Black Belt” in people and change management and has pursued the same with great flair. 


Chief Executive Officer

With a solid background in corporate strategy, business development, project management, business analysis and supply chain management, gained from key positions with various blue chip organisations, Kayode has many years international and domestic experience in driving businesses to achieve their strategic and corporate goals.

Prior to Bell Oil & Gas Ltd, he managed and delivered various strategic projects for multi-national corporations in Europe including business process re-engineering, organisation design, change management, ERP solutions, mergers & acquisitions, and post-merger business integration. He held strategic positions in different organisations including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (London office), British Telecommunications (UK), Johnson & Johnson (UK), Cable & Wireless (UK) and GlaxoSmithKline (UK) where he managed and developed supply chain processes, new product introduction models, sales and operations planning policies, product rationing strategies, customer services and performance management methodologies across Europe. His various achievements led to him being named the Glaxo Wellcome IIP Award winner in 1998.

A finalist at the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a founding director of Bell Oil & Gas, Kayode is a seasoned entrepreneur with a successful track record of leadership in cross-functional teams. At Bell Oil & Gas Ltd where he has held the position of CEO since inception, Kayode is responsible for corporate strategy, business planning, major projects development, change management, corporate governance, strategic alliances, brand management and corporate social responsibility. He is also responsible for the overall direction, growth and expansion of the company.

A strong advocate of continuous learning, Kayode is an ardent reader of a range of books covering leadership, motivation, relationship building, crime, autobiographies, and Christian literature. He is also a presenter and speaker at international conferences with specific interests in Strategic Alliances, Nigerian Content, and Entrepreneurship.

Kayode is an avid animal lover, with interests in exotic breeds of dogs, parrots, horses and wildlife. He is also a staunch Formula 1 follower, a lover of cricket, rugby, snooker, polo and sailing.

A Harvard Business School and Warwick Business School alumnus, Kayode is a highly motivated and articulate professional who brings with him, deep business insights, strategic thinking, and extensive management and business development experience and expertise spanning many key business areas.

A Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Kayode serves on the board of a number of companies, including several start-ups, provides advisory services to many organisations, within and outside the oil industry and supports young aspiring entrepreneurs in translating ideas into business reality. Kayode is also the founder and chairman of Rifugio Communications, a leading mobile phone retail and enterprise solutions provider in Nigeria. He holds a B.SC (Hons) Degree in Physics, an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems, an MBA and a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with research interest in Strategic Alliances and Implications for Local Capacity Development in the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry.

Kayode is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Nigerian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-Nigeria).

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