Shell has announced the appointment of Mr. Ralph Gbobo, as the Managing Director of its gas distribution company, Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, with effect from July 1, 2023.
Ralph succeeds Ed Ubong, who has taken up a new position within the Shell Group.
Until this appointment, Ralph was the Manager, Commercial and Non-Operated Venture of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Shell Shareholders Representative for the seven SPDC onshore non-operated venture assets. He comes to SNG with a wealth of oil and gas industry experience. SNG is part of the Shell Energy business line in Nigeria.
“Ralph’s appointment is a product of diligence, competence and commitment to Shell’s core values and our drive to powering progress by delivering more and cleaner energy to businesses in Nigeria,” General Manager, Shell Energy Nigeria, Markus Hector, said.
Ralph will be responsible for leading SNG and safely delivering its domestic gas growth aspirations. He is passionate about unlocking the domestic gas-to-energy value chain to support the development of the Nigerian economy.
Ralph said of the appointment, “I am filled with humility and resolve to spark innovation, promote sustainable growth and create shared value for all. Collaboratively, we will drive advancements, empower communities, and demonstrate outstanding performance in our mission to achieve a cleaner, and promising energy future for Nigeria.”
His 21-year career in Shell has seen him move from the crude and products supply and trading development in the downstream to several other roles in the upstream, including Commercial Manager Crude Handling and Gas Integration Manager roles.
Ralph holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA.
He has a strong zeal for nurturing talent and manages a diverse team that aims to bridge the Nigerian energy gap.
Ralph is a father of four boys/men and His interests include fishing, sailing, travelling and golf.
Mr. Ralph Gbobo
Shell Nigeria Gas is part of the Shell Energy business line. Shell Energy brings the capability of Shell Energy Trading, Shell’s global gas & power marketing and trading business to Nigeria to deliver competitive and reliable energy enabling economic development and growth.
Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd is a fully owned Shell company incorporated in 1998 for the downstream distribution of gas to industries in Nigeria. Its mission is to provide manufacturing and industrial customers with a clean, reliable, low-cost alternative to liquid fuel, and to assist in building a stronger Nigerian economy.
SNG currently operates a growing world class gas transmission and distribution network of approximately 150 kilometres in Nigeria. It operates several distribution systems including Agbara-Ota in Ogun state, the Aba Cluster in Abia State, and the Port Harcourt Cluster in Rivers State. The company is in a growth phase and recently increased its gas distribution capacity by over 150% ensuring its gas distribution networks are capable of distributing over 150 mmscf/d of dry processed gas to more than 130 industrial and commercial customers, mostly in Ogun, Abia, and Rivers states. Signed gas sales and purchase agreements with more than 165 customers in Ogun, Abia, Rivers and Bayelsa states. SNG also has a strong relationship with virtual pipeline operators keen on developing compressed natural gas (CNG) and mini-LNG grids across all regions of Nigeria.