NCDMB holds Capacity Building Workshop for N/Assembly members

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have held a capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Local Content in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The workshop titled ‘Transformational Leadership and Management workshop’ was aimed at enlightening members of the green chamber of the national assembly on boosting perceptions about the Nigerian Content Law and help make them transformational leaders.

Delivering his remark, the chairman, House of Representatives committee on local content, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon while appreciating the Board for organizing the workshop mentioned that the summit was helpful  to enable members of the committee instrumentalize legislative activism to cause positive change.

He recalled the region being the first place where oil was discovered and frowned at the fact that Oloibiri where the oil was discovers is now abandoned, underdeveloped and a metaphor for capitalist despoliation.

Ekon expressed that a token of redemption is risen in the Niger Delta region with the presence of the Board with its headquarters within the region.

On the headquarters building project, Ekon commended the Board for a great job urged other agencies of government to emulate the board by relying on indigenous companies to execute projects that brings value to Nigerians.

In his keynote address, The Executive Secretary, NCDMB; Engr. Simbi Wabote appreciated the working relationship between Board and the current Assembly. He stressed his undying commitment to join the members in building capacity not just for themselves but for the benefit of the Nigerian people. Simbi said, “I believe this will extend into the 9th Assembly with even greater achievements and I expect that the board will gather momentum in the implementation of the laid down roadmaps.”

Wabote acknowledged the support of the committee that have enabled the Board to implement its programmes underpinned by the 10-year strategic roadmap aimed at increasing Nigerian Content from the current level of about 30% to 70% by the year 2027.

He mentioned that the workshop’s focus on Leadership is well aligned with the Board’s roadmap to transform the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector as well as deepen local content practice.

GOWON, WABOTE HARP ON HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT FOR NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

Stakeholders from various sectors including the former Military President, General Yakubu Gowon called for increased development of human capacities as the driver for national development.

The former military President made the assertion at the second Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Lagos.

General Gowon who was the chairman of the event mentioned that efforts must be geared at developing human capabilities in leadership and entrepreneurial skills. He said for the nation to be able to achieve economic competitiveness at regional and global stage, it is important to place premium on human capital development. He reiterated that the domestic values of the oil and gas can be retained only if there is continuous growth of the indigenous capacities.

In his words, “as you know, globalization and the knowledge economy are no longer matters of debate rather, they have become matters of existential considerations for nations and organizations alike. It is imperative that we place pivotal premium on human capital development.”

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board , Engr. Simbi Wabote while delivering the keynote address on the theme ‘Human capital development as a driver for  national transformation: Issues And Possibilities’ calls for the need to speedily tackle the issue slowing down Human Capacity Development in our country.

Wabote stressed that government has been over stretched by the demands of education and training for the entire populace and could not completely tackle it all alone, hence the need for greater involvement of the private sector.

“A look at the Federal Government’s 2019 budget shows that N621billion is allocated to the Education sector with only N34billion or 5% of it set aside for capital expenditure. Despite our view about this budget provision, it cannot be compared to a scenario in which the 79 private universities were to be among those that the government had to cater for in its yearly budget. It is thus important that the government starts looking at passing over about 20% of the schools to private or religious organizations within the next 5 years in order to lessen its burden.” Wabote pointed.

Wabote highlighted the capacity building strides of the Board which has impacted positively on human, material and economic resources of Nigerians.  He said, “We have taken specific steps to train maritime cadets, secondary school teachers, agricultural entrepreneurs, pilots, technicians, engineers, and environmentalists with over 6 million training man-hours delivered”

While commending OGTAN members for their efforts towards addressing human capital development need of the oil sector, Wabote charged the group to aim at being top-notch training provider so as to reduce capital flight.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu stressed the needs to set appropriate timelines to unlock the potentials that can make the oil sector drive itself in a way that will provide more opportunities for Nigerians.

“We must begin to focus on how to unlock potentials in this field that will enable us fix the peculiarities that is facing our industry. Our thoughts should be channeled to how do we fix powers, our aging pipelines and get gas to become a clean energy efficiency with less of government resources and more of private sector resources.”

Delivering his welcome address, the President, OGTAN, Dr Mayowa Afe noted that training and acquisition of necessary skills is a prerequisite for socio economic transformation. He asserted, “Our wealth is not oil and gas but the human capital that we are endowed with by God”.

While acknowledging the gains of the NOGICD Act 2010 as one of the best things that has happened to the country, Afe called for more opportunities to be given to indigenous trainers and involvement of OGTAN in the Board of various agencies of Federal government.

 

This year’s edition of the conference witnessed the conferment of award on the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Oil and Gas man of the year and Engr Simbi Wabote awarded for his innovations in the local content development. Other awards were presented to the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru among others.

Over 1000 delegates attend NOGOF 2019

…NCDMB lists 80 opportunities worth $100bn
…FG to create network, timelines for identified projects
… Communities to form cooperatives for Modular Refineries

Over 1000 delegates including the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu; Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Osagie Okunbor and many other dignitaries participated in the just ended 2nd edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF) organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The fair, which had the theme ‘’Maximizing Oil & Gas Industry for the Benefit of the Nigerian People’’ was held at the NCDMB 1000 capacity conference hall.

Delivering his welcome address, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote said the Board had identified over 80 oil and gas opportunities that would be developed by major international and indigenous operating companies in the short and long term, with the estimated cumulative value of the projects exceeding $100bn.

The projects are contained in the Compendium of Nigerian Content Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry launched at the event. The projects and opportunities cover the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas sectors and were collated from presentations by various oil and gas companies at the first edition of NOGOF in 2017 and updated at workshops organised by the Board in October 2018.

Wabote explained that the compendium was intended to create a database of Nigerian Content opportunities and help indigenous and potential investors prepare, improve their capacities and capabilities to participate in available and upcoming contracts and projects.

He added that the compendium gives the industry a five year outlook and enables stakeholders to key into those opportunities. “Two years ago when we held this workshop we talked about ExxonMobil’s Ibot, Total’s Ikike and NLNG Train 7. Today they are going through the funnel and within the next few weeks they would take Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) on Ikike and Ibot and before the end of the year they would take FID on Train 7. We focus and follow through on those opportunities. Every two years we roll on new opportunities and add to the compendium.”

In his comments, Kachikwu, who had just been re-elected as the President of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) for a 3rd term at the association’s meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, pointed out that the speedy development of the identified $100bn opportunities would require the roles and contributions of various entities, including the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for approvals, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for negotiations and the oil companies, who would take FIDs, among others.

He promised that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources would midwife a special arrangement that would involve every agency of government and entity that has a role to play in the approval and development of the identified projects. “We must avoid a situation whereby NCDMB might work very fast and gets to the goal post and others are just taking off. We would create an arrangement that involves everybody and be clear about the deliverables, timelines and opportunities and bring out something which everyone can then drive.”

On government’s support for modular refineries as a strategy for ending crude oil theft, vandalism and environmental degradation, Kachikwu hinted that the Ministry of Petroleum would develop a policy that would encourage persons living in oil producing communities to form cooperatives, with which they can set up and own modular refineries. He said, “We would have some agreements with them to stop the sabotage. We can work with NCDMB to put in a bit of funding. Then we put in technical know-how, business structure around it and have a major shareholder who is an entrepreneur. That way the locals get to participate, get jobs, polish their skills sets, crude is paid for and not stolen and the environment is better dealt with.”

Speaking further the Minister expressed regret that the potentialities of the Nigerian oil and gas sector was not being maximized and counselled stakeholders to accelerate their activities because oil is a fast degenerating asset and developed countries were already switching to cleaner energy options.

He also challenged industry players to strive for improvements in all facets of their operations, insisting that Nigerian should be producing over 7m barrels of crude oil every day and enough gas to meet its electricity needs. Kachikwu also posited that the sector should have rapidly developing infrastructure, while oil bearing communities ought to be well developed with proceeds from the sale of crude oil. He encouraged Nigerian operators to move into other African countries and use our 60 years’ experience in the sector to lead the operations of their fields.

The Minister also commended the Executive Secretary of NCDMB for its numerous achievements, particularly for the construction of the Board’s 17-storey headquarters building.

He said ”the building is not just important to NCDMB but also for Bayelsa State, because it had cried out for long that federal presence was not here. This is a big federal presence. By the time they finish the power supply they are doing with AGIP, you will have a near 100 percent supply of power to most of the Board’s facilities.”

The two-day fair featured several opportunity presentations, technical sessions and exhibition of capacities.

Dangote Refinery, NCDMB train 200 youths on vocational skills

Two hundred youths from the host community to Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals have been selected to participate in the six-month vocational training funded by the refinery.  This is part of the company’s plans to support the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in its human capital development initiative in the oil and gas sector and in compliance with its Nigerian Content commitments on the project.

Speaking at the kick off ceremony, the Executive Director, Capital Projects, Dangote Group, Mr. Devakumar Edwin described the initiative as a demonstration of Dangote Refinery’s commitment to building capacities and empowering youths in the country.

According to him, the programme was launched with the support of the NCDMB and in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), to train artisans on plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works.

He said “the vocational scheme was geared towards instant value addition to the lives of the youths and their communities as they would be equipped with trade skills that would prepare them for better opportunities.”

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr Simbi Wabote was represented at the event by the Manager, Gas and Refinery, Engr. Frank Ibi and he explained that Nigerian Content is geared to promote domiciliation of value-adding activities and utilization of indigenous human and material resources.

He charged the trainees to be disciplined and to harness the opportunity as the programme will equip them with basic skills for self-reliance.

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu also attended the event and applauded Dangote Group for empowering the youths and providing them with even before it commences operations.

The Monarch also encouraged the youths to utilize the skills they will acquire, work hard and be close to God.

In his words, “you must appreciate the unique opportunity given you to be engaged in a programme like this. I enjoin you to take this seriously as it can be a step to change your lives completely.”

NOGAPS to accelerate Oil & Gas hub in Calabar

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has asserted that the ongoing development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGaPS) in Odukpani, Cross River State will lead to the emergence of a vibrant oil and gas hub in the Calabar area. He said this recently during a facility visit to Ibafon Tank farm located at the Free Trade Zone in Calabar.

He stated that the visit was meant to assess the opportunities of the free trade zone vis-à-vis the oil and gas park, where most businesses would want to set up facilities and take advantage of the incentives that are obtainable there. He further indicated that the Board had been in talks with Ibafon Oil on their potential ten thousand barrels per day modular refinery.

“The Board is assessing the opportunities within the hydrocarbon value chain from the upstream to the downstream to see areas it can support local players to take advantage of some of the objectives and lofty programs of the NCDMB”, the Executive Secretary said. According to him, Calabar as the hub for petroleum products supply to the South-East and South-South geopolitical regions makes it expedient on the Board to synergize with the NNPC and other stakeholders.

In an earlier presentation to the Executive Secretary, the Depot Manager of the facility, Mr. Owolabi David indicated that Ibafon Oil Refining FZE intends to construct a ten thousand barrels per day modular refinery in conjunction with existing Ibafon Oil Limited Calabar depot. He hinted that the existing tank farm facility has available land that can be utilized for the proposed modular refinery, with Qua Iboe crude selected as the preferred feedstock. He however, stated that though the refinery design will allow for a range of crude types to be processed, Bonny Light crude will serve as a secondary or substitute feedstock.

In a related development, the Executive Secretary visited the NOGaPS site at Odukpani, Cross River State to assess the extent of work done in the first phase of the project. He expressed satisfaction at the quality of work done and commended the contractors, Messrs Megastar Technical and Construction Company Limited and Faithplant Global International Services Limited for their commitment in successfully completing the perimeter fence and sand-filling respectively.

NCDMB, Stakeholders Finalize Nigerian Content Ministerial Regulations

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has held the final phase of engagements with oil and gas industry stakeholders on the draft Nigerian Content Ministerial Regulations.
The latest forum was held in Lagos recently and was attended by representatives of the international and indigenous operating companies, service companies and select law firms working on the regulations.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote was represented at the workshop by the Director Finance and Personnel Management, Mr. Isaac Yalah and he stated the key objective of the event was “the adoption of the updated draft Ministerial Regulations by industry stakeholders for onward transmittal to the Honorable Minister for ratification.”
He stated that the Board believed strongly in collaborating with key stakeholders in the development of policies, which was why it had convened a number of engagements to obtain the reviews and endorsement of industry players on the Regulations.
Mr. Yalah indicated that Sections 36, 40, 41, 42, 47, 55 and 101 of the Nigerian Content Act empowers the Minister of Petroleum Resources to make regulations that will foster the development of Nigerian Content. He charged participants in the workshop to make robust inputs, which would be incorporated before the documents are dispatched to the Minister.
Also speaking at the forum, Coordinator, Legal Services NCDMB, Mrs. Rose Chukwuonwe noted that previous deliberations on the Ministerial Regulations had been impactful and successful.
The Ministerial Regulations covers Research & Development, (R & D); Training, Capacity Development; Growth of Indigenous Capacity; Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Enforcement and Compliance Regulation; Registration of Operators and other professionals with Nigerian professional bodies; Technology Transfer and Establishment of operations in Nigeria.

NCDMB, NLNG sign Train 7 Nigerian Content Plan

…Project’s value network is $12bn
…to create 10,000 jobs, legacy facility

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) on Friday signed the Nigerian Content Plan (NCP) for the NLNG Train 7 project, taking a big step towards kick starting the huge gas project that would create a flurry of activities in the oil and gas sector and contribute immensely to the nation’s economy.

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the Managing Director of NLNG, Engr. Tony Attah signed the NCP in Abuja at an event witnessed by senior personnel of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total and ENI – shareholders of the NLNG.

The Train 7 project is expected to expand NLNG’s production capacity by 35 per cent from 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTPA. At peak construction, the Train 7 project is projected to provide direct, indirect and induced employment for over 10,000 persons.

The Executive Secretary emphasised at the signing ceremony that Train 7, like other forthcoming major projects in the oil and gas sector must leave a legacy facility, just like Total’s Egina deepwater, which catalyzed the development of an FPSO integration facility in Lagos.

He explained that the expected job explosion from Train 7 is banked on the Nigerian Content Plan, which provides for 100 percent engineering of all non-cryogenic areas in-country. The total in-country engineering man hours is set at 55 percent, which exceeds the minimum level stipulated in the NOGICD Act, in line with the Board’s resolve to push beyond the boundary of limitations, he added.

Wabote revealed that the Train-7 scope will deliver 100 percent in-country fabrication of the Condensate Stabilization Unit, pipe-racks, flare system, and non-cryogenic vessels. Site civil works on roads, piling, jetties and will also keep local businesses occupied.
He added that “it will also provide great opportunities for utilization of local goods and services in addition to enhancing and developing new capacities and capabilities for the local supply chain. There will be 100 percent local procurement of all LV cables and HV cables, all non-cryogenic valves, protective coatings, and all sacrifice anodes. 70 percent of all non-cryogenic pumps and control valves will be assembled in-country.”

Other spin-off opportunities would include logistics, equipment leasing, insurance, hotels, office supplies, aviation and haulage.
The Executive Secretary pointed out that the increased number of NLNG Trains would also provide huge business opportunities for local businesses to build capabilities in the maintenance of LNG plants, especially in the area of cryogenics. The project would also catalyze other upstream gas supply projects required to keep the LNG train busy and make stranded gas fields in the shallow and deep offshore in the area economical.

In his comments, the Managing Director of NLNG confirmed that the full value network of the Train 7 project was about $12bn, including the net cost of the project, estimated in the region of $4bn to $5 billion and a similar additional spend at its operational base in Bonny, Rivers State. “It is also about the upstream development which is the real gas that will come to us. That also is a huge investment of $5 to $6 billion. So, potentially, the full value network is almost $12 billion.”
Engr. Tony Attah underscored that the Nigerian Content Plan for Train 7 contained clear and robust Local Content provisions that are significantly higher than the previous NLNG projects.
“NCDMB and NLNG are fully aligned to collaborate during the operationalization of the plan. This synergy will ensure that value added opportunities for Nigeria are indeed maximized and the Train 7 project is delivered to meet international standards of quality and safety.”
He also stated that NLNG shareholders are primed to take the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project before the end of Quarter 4 2019.
The MD further highlighted that the expected increase in the production capacity of LNG “will reinforce the company’s comparative and competitive advantage in the global LNG market while also increasing the country’s revenue and foreign investment profile. This is in addition to moving the nation’s economy from being oil-based to becoming a gas-based economy to be reckoned with globally. We are here to enable gas. Nigeria has ridden on the back of oil for more than 50 years, it is now time to fly on the wings of gas.”

NSE confers fellowship on Wabote, Ikuru

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Friday conferred the rank of fellowship on Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and Local Content Development in the oil and gas industry.

Wabote was decorated among 38 other eminent engineers, including the General Manager Capacity Building Division of the NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru, at the 10th fellowship conferment lecture and ceremony held in Abuja on Friday.

The new fellows were decorated by the President of the NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu and the Chairman of the Board Fellows, Engr. Felix Atume.
Thereafter, Engr. Wabote was nominated to deliver the vote of thanks on behalf of the conferees and he thanked the NSE Council for bestowing the honour of fellowship on them. He noted that all the nominees were senior practitioners of the profession, who had made impressive contributions to the growth of engineering.
He also promised that new fellows would continue to fly the flag of the society and uphold the responsibilities expected of them.
Some staff of the NCDMB, friends and associates of Engr. Wabote and Dr. Ikuru were at the event to celebrate with them.

NCDMB, NLNG set to sign $1bn Train 7 Project Nigerian Content Plan

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) will on Friday in Abuja sign the Nigerian Content Plan (NCP) for NLNG’s Train 7 project, estimated to cost $1bn.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the Managing Director of NLNG, Engr. Tony Attah met at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Thursday and finalised arrangements for the signing ceremony.

The Train 7 project is expected to ramp up NLNG’s production capacity by 35 per cent from 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTPA.

The Nigerian Content Plan sets out the work scopes to be executed in country in each project, based on the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act and existing capacities. The document would form the operating guide for project execution and monitoring.
It would also aid the maximization of Nigerian content deliverables in the project, by giving first consideration to indigenous goods, services and human resources, as well as opportunities to Nigerian companies.

Under the Nigerian Content Plan for Train 7, the NCDMB introduced a provision that would ensure that a lead EPC bidder that has built capacity in-country is not disadvantaged with regards to cost.

The overall scope of work on the Train 7 project includes in country and out of country work. They are “design, engineering, procurement, expediting, transportation, management, construction, installation, pre-commissioning and start up support and acceptance testing of an expansion to the existing NLNG facility. “

The timely finalisation of the NCP is a key outcome of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) the Board signed with the NLNG in May 2017. The SLA committed the two organisations to timely approvals and compliance with the Nigerian Content.
The scheduled signing of the NCP is expected to enable timeous execution of other activities that would culminate to the planned issuing of tenders in Quarter 3 of 2019.

Kachikwu to speak at oil industry opportunity Fair

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu would lead discussions on the available and emerging investment opportunities in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry, at the forthcoming Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF).

The Minster’s participation was confirmed on Friday by the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote. The event is scheduled to hold on April 4-5 2019, at the new 17 storey headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State

Wabote also disclosed that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru and chief executives of the international operating companies are  also expected at the event.

According to him, NOGOF would serve as a forum to share information about available opportunities to investors who had established fabrication yards, engineering houses, pipe mills, pipe coating yards, cable manufacturing and other facilities since the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in 2010.

He added that “it is important for the investors and other stakeholders to have a line of sight to projects opportunities in the funnel so they can position themselves for the desired growth.’’

He explained that investments and service providers were stifled in the past due to lack of information on projects in the short, medium and long term. He added that “most often than not, by the time the opportunities come on the table the service providers will not be ready in terms of capacities to deliver the goods.

‘’The NOGOF is a platform we want to use to share the opportunities that are warehoused by the various international operating companies and indigenous operators. This would cover upstream, midstream and downstream business opportunities. It will address access to market, so that companies will know and understand what is coming and prepare themselves.

The maiden edition of NOGOF was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in 2017 and was attended by over 1,200 delegates, 33 exhibitors, and witnessed presentation of industry opportunities covering engineering designs, pipeline construction, facility upgrades, and projects in the various sectors of the industry.

This theme of this year’s edition is “Maximizing Investments into the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry for the benefit of the Nigerian People.”