ERHC Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: ERHE), a publicly traded American company with valuable oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa, today published a series of videos introducing the Company's technical team.

In the first video in the series below, we introduce you to Mike Shafie, ERHC's Senior Geoscientist. Mr. Shafie has 29 years of experience in exploration and development of oil and gas fields throughout the shelf and deep water provinces of West Africa, the U.S., Malasia, Vietnam, Egypt, Venezuela and Black Sea. He worked for major, independent and national exploration and production companies such as El Paso, Unocal, Petronas, PDVZA, OXY USA and Vanco Energy, contributing to discovery of significant volumes of oil and gas reserves. Mr. Shafie is experienced in evaluation and acquisition of oil and gas producing properties and expert in offshore lease sales projects. A member of Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geophysical Society of Houston and Southwest Louisiana Geophysical Society, Mr. Shafie earned Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Florida State University.

In the video below, we introduce you to Gertjan van Mechelen, ERHC's Exploration Manager. He oversees exploration activities at the Company's growing portfolio of onshore and offshore assets in Africa. Van Mechelen has more than 35 years experience in oil and gas exploration. He worked previously in Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and North America with ConocoPhillips (1978-2010) and TransAtlantic Petroleum. Van Mechelen is in charge of formulating and implementing the Company's exploration strategies as well as planning, budgeting and executing all aspects of the exploration phases for ERHC's exploration licenses. His expertise includes interpretation, prospect generation and farm-in evaluation. Van Mechelen earned a Masters Degree in Structural Geology and Exploration Geophysics from Rijks University Utrecht.

In the video below, we introduce you to Martin Wensrich, a geoscientist with ERHC whose skills and experience are being applied to ERHC's Chad exploration program in particular. With more than 36 years in the industry, Mr. Wensrich has a strong background in applied Geology and Geophysics, and his advanced technical skills include sequence stratigraphy, seismic facies analysis, quantitative fault seal analysis, structural, stratigraphic and velocity modeling, prestack and post stack data processing, AVO and complex seismic attribute analysis. His geographic experience includes North America, Africa and Australasia, both onshore and offshore. Mr. Wensrich is a proven oil finder, credited with more than 150 MMBOE in discoveries and reserve additions. Mr. Wensrich earned a Masters of Science Degree in Geology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

In the video below, we introduce you to Dr. Peter Thuo, ERHC's geologist and geochemist who is a resident expert on Kenya. His 26 years with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) provides invaluable knowledge and experience for ERHC Energy, particularly on the exploration potential of basins in East and Central Africa. Prior to early retirement from the NOCK in 2011, Dr. Thuo served as Exploration Team Leader, leading the Exploration and Production department. In addition to sitting on the National Fossil Fuels Advisory Committee, which negotiates terms of the Production Sharing Contracts, Dr. Thuo had extensive experience working as a senior geologist and geochemist in the NOCK. Dr. Thuo earned his Postgraduate Diploma in Exploration Geology from the University of London, Masters of Science Degree in Geology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a PhD from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in France. He has authored many technical papers and presentations on African E&P, especially on the petroleum prospectivity of the Mesozoic and Tertiary Rift Basins of Kenya. 

About ERHC Energy

ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on growth through high impact exploration in Africa and the development of undeveloped and marginal oil and gas fields. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant value for its shareholders, investors and employees, and to sustainable and profitable growth through risk balanced smart exploration, cost efficient development and high margin production. For more information, visit

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