Afren plc

Founded in late 2004, Afren is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 index.

Afren is regarded as a significant oil and gas producer with operations in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, providing approximately 20,000 working interest boepd of oil, gas and natural gas liquids production. During this time a 2P reserves and contingent resource-base of 106 mmboe has been established with additional prospective resources identified in excess of 2,300 mmboe.

Our partnership with ISN Solutions began in 2007 and has grown with us as Afren has expanded. We rely on ISN Solutions for direction and technical guidance. The relationship isn’t about money, it’s about partnering with competent and knowledgeable specialists who know our organisation, understand the oil and gas exploration and production business and are able to work as our IT department to help us improve and enhance our operation and maximise our investments in IT.

Patrick Cherlet, Commercial Director, Afren

Benefits

  • Full oil and gas company life cycle knowledge.
  • Extensive experience of the oil and gas industry.
  • On-tap access to highly specialised knowledge and expertise.
  • Management of projects within exploration, appraisal, development and production phases.
  • Ability to maintain and support an entire company’s global IT infrastructure.
  • Cost effective and efficient IT solutions, whether onshore or offshore.
  • Responsive IT support provision with global help desk.
  • IT system refits and set up and integration of new offices into existing environment.
  • Innovative ideas for making better use of capital expenditure, lowering operating costs and improving efficiencies.
  • Keeping ahead of the technology game and providing relevant recommendations that would be beneficial to the Company.

A financially sound solution to IT support

When founded, Afren initially partnered with a small IT support company. Aggressive growth and expansion into new offices worldwide meant that Afren outgrew the delivery capabilities of their incumbent IT support providers. Following recommendations, Afren partnered with ISN Solutions.

“Our initial projects centred on maintenance and support and implementing reliable and ‘always available’ connectivity between Afren’s offices,” explained Derek Munro, a Director of ISN Solutions. “The partnership started in 2007 and has grown from Managed IT Services to the management and delivery of major projects in line with Afren’s rapidly growing business interests.”

One of Afren’s major requirements was for zero down-time on systems, for which ISN Solutions provides a full Managed IT Service including the remote monitoring of Afren’s entire IT infrastructure.

”From the outset Afren took the decision to partner with external organisations for the delivery of IT services,” explained Patrick Cherlet, Afren’s Commercial Director. “In an organisation of this size it makes sound financial sense to outsource to the experts, giving us access to highly specialised professionals.”

First production – Okoru Setu field development

In 2007, Afren commenced the development of its Okoru Setu asset, offshore Nigeria, and asked ISN Solutions to establish an entire IT infrastructure for the FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) facility, including onboard satellite communications and comprehensive computer systems. ISN Solutions began the IT re-fit, working under the direction of Afren, and identified and appointed sub-contracting specialists to deliver the range of technical capabilities that such an extensive and time-critical project required.

Côte d’Ivoire asset integration

In 2008, Afren bought over the Côte d’Ivoire assets of Devon Energy. At that time, the asset was deeply integrated with Devon’s corporate network. As part of the takeover, ISN project managed the integration of the acquired assets into the Afren network – a project that required an extensive IT infrastructure refresh and a full migration of applications, solutions and data.

Ebok field development

A subsequent, but more extensive project required the complete IT refit of both an FSO (Floating, Storage and Offloading) and a MOPU (Mobile Offshore Production Unit) which will ultimately lead to production from the Ebok Field – an undeveloped oil field located offshore in Nigeria’s prolific south eastern producing area. In addition to implementing extensive and redundant IT and satellite communications solutions on both the FSO and MOPU, ISN will also remotely manage and support the operation from its head office in London, once production commences.

A relationship built on trust

“Our relationship is built on trust,” added Patrick Cherlet. “We now have an internal Group IT Director who manages our relationship with ISN Solutions and ensures that all of our IT projects are completed on time, to specification and to budget.”

Recent projects undertaken by ISN Solutions include assisting with the implementation of a new financial system and the management of a project to implement a virtualised environment which proved invaluable during the roll out of Afren’s new financial system when a replica was built to test major upgrades and updates, prior to applying them to the live environment.

Global help desk

Currently ISN Solutions is working with Afren on two additional and major projects – the implementation and roll out of a document management system to provide efficient storage, retrieval and access to the vast amounts of documentation, reports and information held at Afren (which involved detailed analysis of the advantages and pitfalls of solutions that had been implemented by other, similar organisations), and the implementation of a centralised Help Desk, located at ISN Solution’s London offices and intended to provide a single point of contact for IT issues and support throughout Afren’s global empire.