Oton is a Seasoned Oil and Gas Professional with a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri and a Post Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
Oton has over 16 years of exploration & production experience with International Oil Companies in Africa and the Middle East. He started his career as a Production Technologist with Shell Nigeria in 1999 and has worked on several of Shell Nigeria land and swamp assets in various technical capacities. He has similarly worked in a leadership role in various value-adding projects and companywide operational excellence initiatives. He jointly pioneered LEAN and Six Sigma, a business improvement initiative for Shell Nigeria. His core experiences cut across petroleum engineering, drilling and workover operations, production operations, asset management, business planning, and artificial lift technology.
He joined Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations Ltd (ADCO) as a Senior Petroleum Engineer in 2014. During his stay in ADCO, he coordinated and supported drilling and workover operations for a mega oil and gas field, the BAB field with over a thousand wells. He jointly pioneered the first autogas lift well in ADCO and implemented several new technology initiatives for the company. He worked briefly in 2016 for Cypher Crescent, a Petroleum Engineering and Software Development Company as a Petroleum Engineering Consultant where he helped set up an asset management team for the company to provide asset management consultancy service for upstream oil and gas companies in Nigeria.
He has attended an array of oil and gas, personal development and leadership courses in Nigeria, Europe and the Middle East. As a result of his passion for talent development, he was appointed a Gaslift Subject Matter Expert for Shell Nigeria in 2012. He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has co-authored and published several SPE technical papers.