COVID 19: NCDMB Set to Donate Ambulances, Ventilators, Medical Kits to Bayelsa and other states

As part of support to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) in the country, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is set to begin distribution of ambulances, ventilators and other special medical supplies to Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States.

The COVID19 medical items acquired by NCDMB for distribution to the three states include four ambulances, 10 Synovent E3 Ventilators, 300 Infra- Red Thermometers and 1000 Medical Face Shields.

Other items in the medical kit include Sanitizers, Hospital beds, Disposable coveralls, other personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other relief items.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote has confirmed that these medical supplies would be delivered to the respective states before Friday, this week.

In a related development, Mr. Wabote commended all Oil and Gas industry companies and government agencies that have supported government’s fight against the deadly coronavirus.

Research & Development: Panacea for Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Challenges – Wabote

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, (NCDMB) and Chairman of the Nigerian Content Research and Development Council, (NCRDC) Engr. Simbi Wabote has stated that adequate research and development is the panacea to the challenges facing the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Engr. Wabote during the first quarter, 2020 Nigerian Content Research and Development Council(NCRDC) meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday, 18th, March 2020.

The chairman of the council noted that NCRDC has made adequate progress to catalyze the development of indigenous technology in the oil and gas sector. Thus, the Board is accelerating the R & D framework to drive innovation in the country through the oil and gas sector.

The Executive Secretary further emphasized,  “Tremendous progress has been done all this while going back to all the things we have agreed to do, only yesterday we were with the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources as part of the roadshow to the proposed Research and Development Fair and Conference.”

“Also, we met with the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Natural Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) to brief him on the progress so far made, what we are doing today has encouraged the NNPC to wake up in terms of Research and Development, now they do not want us to run alone, by so doing they have reorganized themselves in order to be more focused and serious on research and development which we have agreed to put our efforts together to boost R&D in the oil and gas industry”, he said.

During the quarterly meeting, the council deliberated on the progress report of its scheduled Research and Development Fair and Conference deliverables, programme and stakeholder participation for May12 -1 4, 2020, subject to the global situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Matters Arising, the Secretary of the Council and General Manager, Research, Statistics and Development, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu indicated the commencement of the R&D Fair and Conference Roadshow having 70% of identified critical stakeholders already engaged in the bid to bring about an industry broad inclusion. He also reviewed the last quarter 2019 NCRDC meeting with a presentation of the frameworks developed on the back of the ten-year R&D Roadmap.

Similarly, updates and a prototype presentation on R&D sponsored projects such as the Smart Gas Leak and Smoke Detector Alarm was demonstrated as interactive safety solution to deepen domestic gas utilization in Nigeria. Speaking to the council, the Inventor of the sponsored project, Mr. Shehu Tijanni revealed to council members that the prototype smart gas and smoke detection is unique due to its capacity to send emergency alert through SMS and call on linked phone number(s) within seconds.

The demonstration was greatly commended by the Executive Secretary who also thanked the council members for making out time from their busy work schedules to be in Abuja for the first quarter meeting this year.

The council also considered other sponsored research developments such as the establishment of Centres of Excellence, Soil Booster and Soil Conditioners, Hydro-pneumatic Electric Power Generator, Soil and Gas Transmission Pipeline Modeling Language to Detect Leakage and Apparatus for Optimized Production from Sugarcane using Styrofoam molecular sieve.

Also speaking, the consultants to the Board on the ten-year R&D Roadmap, PricewaterhouseCooper, (PwC) gave a summary of the ten year NCDMB R&D Roadmap designed to create awareness about the board’s objectives.

It could be recalled that the NCRDC was inaugurated in 2019 to advise the NCDMB on criteria and methodology for prioritizing market cum demand-driven research projects; recommend to the Board the appropriate strategies to attract funding for research projects; and advocate for the Board on standards for the award of research grants, review progress on impact of such grants on research projects, product development and innovation in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate of improving the Nigerian economy.

Wabote institutes $50M R&D intervention fund, flags off Roadshow

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, (NCDMB) Engr. Simbi Wabote has stressed the Board’s commitment to change the narrative in research and development activities in the oil and gas industry with the implementation of the R&D Framework and the hosting of an R&D Fair and Conference to engender stakeholders’ participation.

Engr. Wabote made the statement during the flag-off of the NCDMB Research and Development Fair and Conference Roadshow before the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, His Excellency, Chief Timipre Sylva in Abuja on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The Executive Secretary who enumerated the achievements of the maiden edition of the R&D Fair in 2017, explained that the Board intends to develop an R&D specialized centre in Yenagoa with a model to convert ideas to products. He also dropped the hint that the Board is providing leadership in its drive for research development by launching a $50million R&D intervention fund to enhance the role of R&D in developing local content and for other stakeholders to contribute to the fund as most countries who have invested in R&D are optimal in their GDP.

In his response, the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended the Board for the R&D initiative which according to him, is a good start and promised to be at the Fair and Conference to declare it open and carry out any other function that may be required of him.

The Hon. Minister stated that R&D is a major pathway to job creation and the transformation of the nation from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. He, however, regretted the non-responsiveness of the industry and the academia to research development and urged the industry to engage in R&D as the country is striving to move from an oil-based to a knowledge based home-grown technology after over five decades of oil production.

Chief Sylva charged the industry to collaborate more with the academia to bring about home grown solutions to the nation’s problems. He further mentioned that the issue of climate change is a problem of carbon emission, not necessarily transition to renewables, hence, the industry should research into how it can reduce the carbon emission from oil exploration activities as the nation has far too long allowed other climes to dictate the narrative for us.

Highpoint of the engagement was the decoration of the NCDMB R&D lapel pin on the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote.

In a related development, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari has pledged NNPC’s resolve to partner with relevant government agencies and NCDMB on its steering committee to make decisions that will jointly support innovations in the oil and gas industry that will be beneficial to the nation.

Mr. Kyari made this known at the NCDMB Research and Development Fair and Conference Roadshow visit to him by the Executive Secretary of the Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote. He further stated that the corporation intends to constitute a team of seasoned employees to lead the initiative which clearly fits into the NCDMB objective of growing local capacities and abilities with a commitment to participate in the Board’s R&D Framework to support indigenous competencies.

 

The GMD also informed that it had transformed its R&D initiative to have a business concept christened, “Research, Technology and Innovation”, (RTI) so that focus will be on tackling contemporary challenges to deliver value addition to the industry. He announced that a conscious and major decision has been made to have an NCDMB representative on the NNPC R&D steering committee to create an industry broad inclusion.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of the Board expressed appreciation for the focus the GMD has brought to NNPC, stating that the NOGICD Act is very heavy on R&D which led to the constitution of the NCDMB Research and Development Council and that the NNPC is a part of it. He suggested that the R&D teams from both NNPC and the Board should work together to maximize the impact of R & D outcomes in the industry.

The Nigerian Content boss extended an invitation to the GMD to deliver a Goodwill Message at the forthcoming R&D Fair and Conference proposed for May 12 – 14, 2020 which will enable the NNPC boss further espouse his intention to the industry to move research and development forward. Engr. Wabote reiterated the Board’s commitment to earmark $50million to support R&D with an assurance to collaborate with the NNPC to progress research and development.

Wabote: Security critical for growth in Oil & Gas sector

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, (NCDMB) Engr. Simbi Wabote has called for collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, (NPF) towards improving the operations in the oil and gas industry.
Engr. Wabote made the statement during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday 18th March, 2020.

The Executive Secretary while speaking on behalf of the management of the Board stated that the visit was necessitated by the need to foster collaboration between the Police in safeguarding lives and infrastructure within the Board’s operational areas.
He reiterated that, “The Police Commissioner in Bayelsa has provided tremendous support in terms of security in the past, and we are here to ask for more security support for staff and critical infrastructures”.

The Nigerian Content Chieftain reassured the Police of NCDMB’s support in the areas of security equipment and human capacity building which the Board can collaborate with the police. He further went on to enumerate to the IGP, the mandate, mission and vision of the Board as well as the tremendous success recorded by the Board since inception in April 2010, including in- country retention of over 30% oil and gas industry annual spend against less than 5% prior to the enactment of the NOGICD Act.

In his response during the visit, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar Adamu expressed appreciation to the Board for the visit and commended the Executive Secretary for the great achievements made so far by the Board and assured the NCDMB of the Nigeria Police unalloyed security support to enable it maximally perform its core mandate.

Mr. Adamu assured that the Nigeria Police Force will do everything possible to synergize and improve the Board’s performance in line with its obligation to provide adequate security in the entire country and urged the Board to effectively collaborate with the police command in Bayelsa State in the area of corporate social responsibility and other stakeholder engagements.
The IGP further stated that the Nigeria Police Force is committed towards embracing the corporation and collaboration with well-meaning government agencies like the NCDMB, to help tackle the current insecurity challenges plaguing the nation.

Immigration, Police seek Collaboration with NCDMB

The Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Felix Odika and the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State, Mr. Uche Anozia recently paid courtesy visits to the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa.

The visit of the Comptroller focused on the management of expatriates working in the oil and gas industry, while the Commissioner of Police discussed possible collaborations that would improve the protection of lives and property in the state.

In his remarks, the Immigration top official canvassed for a strong synergy between the two agencies with respect to the management of expatriates working in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He also requested for the Immigration office in Yenagoa to be connected to the independent power plant that was constructed in the state by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and NCDMB.

Odika also commended the Executive Secretary for the various achievements he recorded since his appointment in 2016.

Responding, the Executive Secretary confirmed that the Board had established a strong collaboration with the head offices of the Immigration Service and the Ministry of Interior and had put in place an inter-agency team that is working assiduously in that regard.

He explained further: “We are not saying that expatriates should not come into the industry; they bring investment, expertise and technology. What we are saying is that jobs we think Nigerians can do, we will not give to the expatriates. That is the area we are monitoring”.

On the request to be connected to the new independent power plant, Wabote clarified that the plant was built specifically to supply uninterrupted electricity to the recently completed NCDMB17 storey headquarters building and Nigerian Oil and Gas Park project at Emeyal 1, Bayelsa State. He explained that the power plant would strictly operate as a commercial venture and would be self-sustaining.

He added: “We won’t be able to consume all the power from the plant, so we will also extend it to our industrial park once it is operational, afterwards it will also be open for critical government and non-government infrastructure on a pay as you use basis.”

Speaking during his separate visit, the Commissioner of Police sought stronger collaboration between the Nigeria Police, Bayelsa Command and NCDMB in the areas of protecting human lives and critical government infrastructure.

The Executive Secretary while responding applauded the Nigeria Police for providing adequate security during the recent governorship election in Bayelsa State. He gave assurance that NCDMB will continue to cooperate and support the Police by providing some level of logistics for it.

He said: “We know the challenges you face and the limited funding opportunities you have. As agencies of the Federal Government, we do not have any choice than to support ourselves being that we have found ourselves in this state.

He assured that the Board would soon relocate to its new headquarter building and provide more support to the Police thereafter.

NCDMB outlines development programs for oil bearing communities

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) is implementing several initiatives that are contributing to the development of oil producing communities, improvement of the local economy and management of conflict.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr.  Simbi Kesiye Wabote outlined these interventions in a presentation he made on Friday in Abuja to the National Defence College Course 28, on the topic “Conflict Management in the Niger Delta: An Appraisal of the NCDMB.

Represented by the General Manager, Planning, Research & Development, NCDMB, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu, he outlined six sources of conflict in the Niger Delta region to include Environmental degradation, loss of land due to oil exploration and production, Inequality between oil workers & host communities, Lack of social amenities, Low participation of host communities in oil and gas supply chain and agitation for resource control.  He observed that such conflicts have had adverse impact on the nation’s infrastructure, economy, security and social indicators.

He noted that there are three major mechanisms for conflict management, notably the use of force which is not very effective, having a developmental agenda for the region, which is the best approach and fits into the NCDMB mandate as a development agency and negotiations, which is the strategy often adopted by the amnesty program and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Operating companies, service companies, government agencies and development partners.

He explained the NCDMB model for development of the Niger Delta to include four broad areas, namely funding, infrastructure development, CSR and Human capital development

On funding, he said NCDMB had put the Community Contractors Fund in place under the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund), which allows community contractors to access up to N20 million naira for contract execution in the oil and gas industry at five percent interest rate.

On infrastructure, the NCDMB helmsman said the Board was developing the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS), where it is setting up oil and gas parks in four strategic locations in the oil producing states for manufacturing equipment, components, and chemicals and for training youths. He added that the shared service model adopted for the operation of the parks will reduce start–up and operating cost of occupants thereby enhancing their competitiveness and viability. Each park location is projected to create 10,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs during construction and operations phase, he said.

He also identified the gas metering and distribution facility which the NCDMB is catalyzing in partnership with Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) at Polaku, Bayelsa State. He said the plant will create over 30,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs from the several gas based industries that will set up along the gas corridor, including LPG cylinder manufacturing, CNG/LNG mother station distribution and power plant and pressure reduction facility. A provision for jetty has also been made in the complex for efficient logistics management, he added.

The Board is also facilitating Research and Development through the incubation of Centers of Excellence for Deepwater operations, LNG operations and Refining & petrochemicals and has a Research commercialization model for supporting researchers convert research ideas to products that can be deployed for oil and gas industry operations, he added.

The Board is also providing support for the establishment of modular refineries in the oil producing states, which is geared to induce local refining and value addition on crude oil and reduce refined products importation. The modular refinery initiative would also mitigate social vices like pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft and illegal refining while helping to create employment opportunities and jump start economic activities in the local communities.

Wabote confirmed that NCDMB had invested equity in two modular refineries-the Waltersmith 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State, due for commissioning in 2020 and the Azikel 12,000bpd hydro-skimming modular refinery in Bayelsa due for commissioning in 2021.

Speaking further, the Executive Secretary explained that the Board’s Human capital development interventions cover Training for employment, Training for empowerment, Upgrade of technical colleges while NCDMB CSR interventions cover health care, education, infrastructure and environment management.

He concluded by advising course participants on the virtues of collaboration, political will, advocacy and well defined roadmap as panacea for conflict management and sustainable development in the Niger Delta

Niger Rep visits NCDMB, seeks to understudy Local Content policies

A Five-man delegation from the Ministry of Petroleum, Republic of Niger recently visited the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and sought counsel on how to implement Local Content initiatives in their oil and gas industry.

The team was led by the Head of Economy and Audit of Cost Oil Division in the Directorate of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum in the Republic of Niger, Mr. Adamou Arzika Aouta. They indicated interest in learning strategies for local vendor development, capacity building for Niger citizens to meet industry standards and ensuring compliance by operating and service companies, transparent bidding process among other subjects.

In his remarks, Aouta explained that Niger produces about 12,000 barrels of crude oil per day and is expecting an investment inflow of $20bn in the hydrocarbons industry. He said the nation’s government was desirous to maximize in-country value from the projected investments.

Welcoming the delegation, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote stated that Nigeria is one of the leading nations in the world petroleum industry and is very advanced in the area of Local Content.

Wabote who was represented by the General Manager, Research, Strategy and Development, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu mentioned that Nigeria is happy and ready to share its expertise on Local Content practice and provide guidance to Niger and other African countries in their quest to improve Local Content implementation. He noted that other African countries like Kenya, Gabon, Ugandan and Congo Brazzaville had previously sought Nigeria’s guidance on local content.

Making a presentation on the activities and achievements of NCDMB, Halilu stated that certain parameters were necessary for sustainable Local Content implementation, listing them to include gap analysis of the industry, capacity building, regulatory framework, incentives and research and development.

He added that Nigerian Content had helped the government and people of Nigeria to retain substantial industry spend, increase the participation of locals in the industry and increase domiciliation of fabrication and engineering designs and indigenous ownership of critical industry equipment.

He advised the Niger officials to institutionalize local content at the onset of their oil and gas industry as it would guarantee tangible benefits for their citizens aside the revenue that would accrue from the sale of crude oil and gas.

According to him, “the focus of our Local Content policy is not Nigerianization of the oil and gas sector but domiciliation and domestication of value adding activities”.

In his comments, the General Manager, Capacity Building, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru said that “for Local Content to succeed in Niger, the administrators must insist on industry activities being executed in-country, as that would enable the indigenes to participate and acquire skills”.

He advised the delegates to focus on human capacity development and equip their indigenes with specialized skill sets required to work in the oil and gas industry.

Also speaking, the Acting Coordinator, Legal Services, NCDMB, Barr. Mohammed Umar advised the Niger delegation to take a cue from the Nigerian Content Act and develop robust regulations that are applicable to the state of their industry and technological base, while encouraging collaboration with local and international stakeholders to domicile capacity in-country.

Wabote commissions CMES Flanges & Fittings manufacturing facility in Edo State

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, (NCDMB) Engr. Simbi Wabote, on Monday commissioned the Compact Manifold & Energy Services Limited, (CMES) Flanges and Fittings Limited, (CFFL) in Benin City, Edo State.

CMES is an indigenous oilfield service company that provides services to the oil and gas industry including engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and installation both onshore and offshore.

In his keynote address, Engr. Wabote expressed delight for the formal operational commissioning of the manufacturing facility dedicated to in-country production of flanges and fittings and also commended the Managing Director, Mr. Olufemi Osunde for his doggedness in establishing the facility and positioning as a dynamic oil and gas service provider committted to providing outstanding services to address operational challenges facing operators in diverse sectors of the economy, most especially the oil and gas industry.

The Executive Secretary asserted that the manufacturing sector is the backbone of industrialization across many fast developing countries as it is important in providing jobs and lifting people out of poverty. Hence, his interest in the implementation of policies that support the sustenance of existing manufacturing outfits or creation of new ones such as this.

He commended the management of the company on its human capacity development initiative by training fifty young indigenous graduates in the area of machines operation to produce flanges, valves and fittings with a projection targeted to increase the number of employees to two hundred in the next five years.

The Nigerian Content chieftain observed particularly with interest that CMES has taken a bold step to venture into the manufacturing of vital components to international best practice in its production processes. On the choice of location of CMES in Benin City, he remarked that the state will derive benefits from these investments in the immediate and the near future, and expressed his appreciation to the Edo State Government for providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

In his opening remarks, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Olufemi Osunde stated that the newly inaugurated oil and gas service provider is dedicated to provide innovative services to address the operational challenges facing operators in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Osunde acknowledged the seeming challenges inherent in establishing the company in Nigeria as most flanges, valves and fittings conglomerates in America refused to partner CMES.

He affirmed that with the birthing of CMES in Nigeria, billions of dollars will be saved in revenue to the nation as the company will close the gap in the value chain that exist in the importation of these critical segment in the oil and gas sector.

In his goodwill message at the commissioning ceremony, the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Edorodion Erimona expressed delight at the commissioning of the oil and gas facility, which according to him, is in line with the vision of his administration in terms of job creation and manufacturing industry in the oil and gas sector.

The Governor revealed that the state is well positioned within the oil bearing areas of the country to have a facility of this type commissioned, which will increase activities of oil and gas operations in the area and further improve the nation’s economy through job creation for the teeming youths in the area.

Gov. Obaseki also commended the management of the company and encouraged that the country through the NCDMB should ensure the sustenance of the company and pledged the support of the state government to enable businesses such as CMES achieve its objectives.

Highlights of the commissioning ceremony was the cutting of the tape to formally unveil the ultramodern factory and a guided tour of the facilities by the Executive Secretary and other invited guests among who were the representative of the Edo State Governor and Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Edorodion Erimona, a royal father, Chief Osaruyi Ogida, the Ogida of Evbogida, Hajia Iman Suleiman Ibrahim, the academia represented by faculty members of Engineering, and Centre for Vocational & Technical Education of the University of Benin, amongst others.

NCDMB, Shell sign Agreement on Gas Facility at Polaku

…project to create 30,000 jobs in 2 years 

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Wednesday signed an agreement with Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) for the lease of one hectare of NCDMB’s land at Polaku, Bayelsa State, for the development of a Pressure Reduction and Metering Station by Shell.

The agreement was signed in Abuja by the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Kesiye Simbi Wabote and the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG), Mr. ED Ubong.

The Pressure Reduction and Metering Station will be used to distribute part of the gas from Shell’s Gbarain-Ubie Gas Plant for domestic utilization.

Making his remarks at the lease agreement signing ceremony, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, explained that the Board decided to use part of its land to catalyse the distribution and availability of natural gas to domestic gas to users within Bayelsa and neighboring states, in line with the agency’s vision to be a catalyst for the industrialization of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors.

According to him, the availability of natural gas will open up the corridor of opportunities for new and existing investors. He added that NCDMB is already in receipt of proposals for the location of power plants, CNG plants, and other manufacturing outfits in Polaku. ”With the extension of the gas pipeline network by SNG, more businesses can be supplied with natural gas thereby creating employment and enabling impactful economic activities. With this partnership, we expect 30,000 direct and indirect jobs to be created in construction, manufacturing, and services sector within the next two years,” he said.

In January 2020, the Board partnered Rungas Prime Industries Limited in the establishment of a 400,000 per annum Type 3 LPG Composite Cylinder Manufacturing Plant in Polaku, Bayelsa State.

Speaking further, Wabote noted that the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva had declared Year 2020 as the Year of Gas and NCDMB had bought into this declaration. He stated that the partnership with Shell Nigeria Gas will enable the provision of natural gas for power generation, feed stock, transportation, and for other industrial uses.

He added that SNG’s project aligns with the Board’s our 10-year Roadmap which aims to increase the level of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry to 70 percent by 2027.

The Executive Secretary also stated that the Board was delighted to partner with Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) Limited because the company had been supplying natural gas via pipelines to industrial customers within the Agbara/Ota axis, including the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone in Ogun state, Aba industrial areas in Abia state, and Port Harcourt in Rivers State with a very impressive safety record.

In his comments, the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas conveyed Shell’s excitement to distribute gas from its Gbarain-Ubie facility to drive economic development in Bayelsa State and environs. He stated that Shell is the pioneer and leader in the delivery of domestic gas.

Chairman of Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, Mr. Hans Nijkamp said the investment will unlock gas delivery and economy development in Bayelsa State. “Everywhere we have distributed gas, we have seen the explosion of economic activities. That’s Shell’s domestic agenda for gas in Nigeria is very important and we have growth plans and very excited to work together with NCDMB.”

APPO Commends NCDMB for Leading Africa Local Content

…Exec Sec champions closer collaboration in Africa Oil Sector

The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) has applauded the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for its effective promotion of Local Content within the Africa continent.

Secretary General of APPO, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at the ongoing Sub Saharan Africa International Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC), organized by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

He described Nigeria’s Local Content Policy as a model worthy of emulation by other African nations and extolled NCDMB for catalyzing the development of infrastructural and human capacities that is being deployed to run the operations of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

He regretted that member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had begun to initiate discriminatory policies towards hydrocarbons as primary energy sources and discourage research and investment in the sector – actions which would eventually make fossil fuels less accessible and more expensive and position other sources of energy as viable alternatives.

He noted that these developments were taking place at a time that Africa is making more finds in oil and gas, hence making it imperative for African nations to take their destinies into their our own hands and pursue the development of local capacities to operate the oil industry successfully and use energy to fuel the national, sub-regional or continental economies.

He acknowledged that significant progress has been made by some countries, pointing out that “Nigeria’s example is worth emulating. I wish to commend the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the support it has been giving to a number of African countries.”

Ibrahim underscored APPO’s belief on the “need to domesticate the oil and gas technology on our continent. No nation or continent will transfer technology to us. We should encourage local content development in the oil and gas industry on our continent.”

He promised to facilitate more experience sharing between Nigeria and other African states, noting that APPO plans to develop exchange programmes among staff of the oil industry of its member countries.

“We also believe that partnership in the development of cross-border energy infrastructure in oil and gas pipelines, electricity, joint refineries, among others are key to sustainable development of the energy industry in Africa. No one country can do it successfully in isolation,” he added.

Making presentation on ’Sub Saharan Africa Local Content Collaboration Strategy’’, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote remarked that the increasing discovery of hydrocarbon resources in Sub-Saharan Africa is sufficient motivation for governments and operators to collaborate closely.

He said such collaborations can be deployed using infrastructure development, legal framework, trade agreements, human capital mobility, common industry standards, supply chain development, finance beyond borders to achieve local content practices on a wider scale.

The Executive Secretary maintained that such collaboration will be an additional boost towards achieving sustainable development, especially if it is approached from the ‘’comparative advantage’’ point of view.

He remarked that Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, and Senegal had joined the league of countries with hydrocarbon resources between 2005 and 2015 and more countries would join by 2025.

Harping on Local Content, Wabote described it as a sure way to develop local capacities and capabilities across all sectors such that values are retained in-country and by extension, retained in-continent.