Lukoil Overseas has appointed Tomah Jabez Nhabay as director of the office the company has opened in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Nhabay is a professional geologist who previously worked for the state company Sierra Leone Geological Surveys and for a number of other government organizations. A geophysics graduate of the Moscow Geological Exploration Institute, he previously served as a general director of the Petroleum Resources Unit of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
The main task of the new office is to manage the exploration and development project for the 4,022 sq km SL-5-11 deepwater block in the Sierra Leone-Liberia basin off Sierra Leone. Lukoil Overseas is project operator with 49% participating interest. The other participants are Oranto Petroleum Corp. with 30% and Vanco Energy Co. with 21%.