WEST AFRICA – American based upstream oil company, Kosmos Energy has appointed Senegalese national Khady Dior Ndiaye as Vice President and Regional Director for West Africa.

Ndiaye will lead Kosmos Energy’s operations in the region at very important times for the company and for Senegal which expects to be producing first oil and gas within two years.

Her appointment has been well received among sector players in the West African region.

The African Energy Chamber said her appointment is a very positive step towards promoting women in leadership positions in the oil sector and recognising the extremely talented energy leaders emerging out of West Africa.

“The appointment of Khady Dior Ndiaye is a brilliant move and in line with our belief that women can and should lead,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and author of Billions At Play.

“The oil industry cannot be the last bastion of male domination. Congratulations to Kosmos Energy on showing the way for others in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Angola or South Africa to follow!”

Khady Dior Ndiaye has demonstrated her leadership skills working for Citibank in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.

Kosmos Energy holds production and development operations offshore Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Gulf of Mexico.

It is also holding a development project offshore Mauritania and Senegal, and exploration licenses offshore Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe and Suriname.

It also discovered the Jubilee oil field off the coast of Ghana and the cross-border Tortue gas field that is off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal.

The jubilee field in Ghana is arguably the most profitable of all its operations in West Africa.

The  field is estimated to hold up to 1 billion barrels (160 million cubic metres) of oil and 800 billion cubic feet (23 billion cubic metres) of natural gas.

As of May 2017, the Jubilee field produces about 100,000 barrels per day (16,000 cubic metres per day) of oil.