Austin Avuru serves as the Seplat Petroleum Development Company Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Avuru is an outstanding Professional with over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the Oil and Gas Industry.
Avuru began his career with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he spent twelve years holding various levels of responsibilities as Wellsite Geologist, Production Seismologist and Reservoir Engineer.
From NNPC, Avuru joined Allied Energy Resources, a pioneer indigenous deepwater Operator, where he worked for the next ten years as Exploration Manager and Technical Manager.
In 2002, Avuru assembled an impressive array of industry professionals to found Platform Petroleum Limited and becoming its Pioneer Managing Director until 2010 when he left to become the Pioneer Managing Director of SEPLAT.
Avuru is a versatile professional and has served the industry in various capacities.
He was Technical Coordinator for the 1991 review of the industry MOU.
Avuru serves as a Director of Seplat Petroleum Development Company.
He was an invited speaker on Oil and Gas Policy at the Shell Workshop for selected committees of the National Assembly in 1999, invited speaker at the Nigerian Investment Forum at the OTC, Houston Texas in May 2002; invited speaker at Nigerian Oil and Gas Summit Houston Texas in December 2001.
Avuru is a notable champion of Local Content Development in the Upstream sector of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.
Avuru led the extensive campaign for indigenous E & P participation from 1996 to 2000 and as a member of the National Committee on Local Content Development, chaired the technical subcommittee that drafted the policy blueprint that has transformed into the Nigerian Content Act of 2010.
Avuru’s brilliance has earned him several academic recognitions and awards.
Avuru is a Fellow and was President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).
Avuru is a co-Author of Nigerian Petroleum Business, a handbook and author of Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.
Avuru holds a BSc Geology degree of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Post Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from University of Ibadan.