With the flagging off the first phase of the 614-kilometre-long $2.8biliion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) natural gas pipeline project, Oilserv Group has come into the radar of industry watchers. The EPC contract secured by Oilserve for the first 200-kilometer phase of the AKK pipeline, which covers the section between Ajaokuta and Abuja, has been received with joy across the nation.

Today, we’ll meet the brain behind Oilserv, one of the big indigenous partners to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Group CEO, Oilserv Group, Engr. Emeka Okwuosa.


Emeka Okwuosa is a seasoned engineer, administrator, entrepreneur and a visionary with over 35 years of experience in the following areas: maintenance and operations, teaching, wireline logging and interpretation, seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, pipeline engineering, procurement and construction (EPCIC), project management, drilling and drilling services. Some of these activities span Europe, North Africa, West Africa, Gulf of Guinea/Central Africa and Indonesia.

Emeka worked in various capacities for Schlumberger in positions that spanned Field Engineer to Technical Manager in the following parts of the World; Europe (Pau, France, Scotland), North Africa (Libya), West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana), Gulf of Guinea/Central Africa (Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Gabon, Congo and Angola) and Indonesia.

Emeka is passionate about development of human capacity in high technology areas of Oil and Gas Industry. This is being achieved via various schemes that have been instituted through the companies that he has founded and runs.

Together with other key practitioners in the Oil and Gas Engineering, Exploration and Production sectors, Emeka was instrumental to the enactment of Oil and Gas Local Content Law three years ago. This Law has helped to institutionalize the development of sustainable local capacity in the Oil & Gas industry.

Emeka is the founder, Group Chief Executive Officer of the following companies:

OILSERV LIMITED: Pipeline/Facilities EPC & Maintenance Company (has wide ranging activities in the Niger Delta and across Nigeria; a major player in actualization of the Gas Master Plan in Nigeria – domestic gas distribution plan). OILSERV is ISO 9001:2015 certified. OILSERV LIMITED currently operates in other African countries, viz: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin Republic and Togo.

FRAZIMEX ENGINEERING LIMITED: An Engineering design company (front end and detail engineering). Activities cover Pipelines, Facilities, Civil Engineering works, Instruments, Electrical, etc.

FRAZOIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION (E & P) LIMITED: An exploration and production Company (E&P) and owner/operator of Block 3 Offshore Republic of Benin.

FRAZPOWER LIMITED: : This is a Gas Development Company (Gas-To-Power).The strategic vision is to deliver at least 10 TCF of gas reserves in the next 10 years leveraging sources at varying levels of go-to-market readiness.

EKCEL FARMS LIMITED: This is an innovative industrial agricultural project, incorporating cassava and tomato farming with full industrial processing facilities. Farmland covers a total of 5,000 hectares (2,700 hectares are already allocated). The project is estimated to cost about $150m (One Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars), excluding land cost in the first phase. It will generate employment for over two thousand (2000) persons. The MOU between Anambra state Government and Ekcel Farms Limited was duly signed on 29th September, 2014 at Awka. Ekcel Farms Limited has affiliation with technical partners in Europe and Canada and has developed a blueprint that will aid massive Agricultural development, create employment and reduce poverty.

CROWN ENERGY RESOURCES LTD: The Company is a solids mineral extraction company. It is executing a Quarry project at Old Netim, Akamkpa Calabar, Cross River state of Nigeria. The company will promote quality production output, build the Local capacity and consolidate on Oilserv group overall investment strategy initiatives.

Emeka Okwuosa at the signing of the AKK Gas Pipeline Project Signing.


Emeka is a 1982 graduate of Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of IFE, ILE-IFE, Nigeria.

Emeka, a COREN (Council for the Regulation of Engineering) registered engineer, is a member of the following Professional bodies;

  • Society of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
  • Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
  • Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PLAN)
  • Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Nigerian Gas Association (NGA)
  • Institute of Directors (IoD)

Emeka has received several awards in the course of practice of Oil and Gas EPCIC services all over the World, amongst others are;

  • OTC/PETAN (Offshore Technology Conference/Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria) Awards of Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Houston Texas, USA)
  • US Africa International Oil & Gas Leadership Award, Best of Africa – 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) – 2015
  • Award of Excellence by the Nanotechnology Research Group of the Physics Department, University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2014 and 2016
  • Nigeria Advancement Award for Creativity and Enterprise – 2016
  • International Socrates Award (UK) – 2016
  • Award of Excellence by Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) – 2016
  • PETAN Corporate Social Responsibility Award – 2016
  • PETAN Capacity Development Award – 2016
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree Award (Hon.D.Eng) by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) – 2016
  • Industrialist of the Year Award – 2016
  • Agro Entrepreneur of the Year Award – 2016
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree Award (Hon.DBA) by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – 2017
  • Award of excellence in Engineering by the Association of Anambra State Development Union – 2017
  • Award of excellence in Engineering by the Nigerian Institution of Highway & Transportation Engineers – 2017
  • Oil & Gas organization of the year award by African Entrepreneurs Foundation – 2017
  • National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM) By his Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria – 2017

Emeka is the founder of Sir. Chukwuemeka Okwuosa Foundation, which among many contributions in education, road, erosion control, water, electricity infrastructure provision, etc, is building a N1 billion medical facility at Oraifite, Anambra State (Dame Nneka Okwuosa Medical Centre). He is a Knight of St. Christopher (KSC) of the Anglican Communion.

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