Nigerian Chamber of Shipping commends implementation of Local Content

The leadership of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring (NCDMB) has been extolled for exhibiting consistency and transparency in the implementation of Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI) Fund. The Governing Council of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) made the commendation on Thursday when the members paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote at the Board’s Head Office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Speaking on behalf of delegation, President of NCS Governing Council, Mr. Andy Isichei stated that the Council has observed the phenomenal achievements of Engr. Wabote led NCDMB, particularly the transparent way the Board is administering NCI Fund, created to tackle the perennial funding challenge that has impeded the efficiency and competitiveness of local supply chain in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry. According to him, “we have observed the uncommon achievements of your Board, hence we decided to come and voice our commendation to you and to encourage you to continue the good job you are doing. We are proud of your agency and want to collaborate with you to advocate and propagate the achievements of your Board.”

The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) is a trade association for the Nigerian maritime industry, comprising ship owners, tanker vessel operators, port/terminal operators, shipyard/dry dock owners, and upstream and downstream service operators in oil and gas sector, international maritime/shipping operators, maritime lawyers, and financial institutions. It is the umbrella body in Nigeria for stakeholders in the shipping /maritime sector.

Mr. Isichei explained that the aims and objectives of NCS include to act as an advocate for the industry on issues of shipping policy (formulation, implementation and monitoring), maritime affairs, technical matters, to promote best practice among members to meet international standards, support the growth and development of international trade in Nigeria and to cooperate with other agencies, statutory and non-statutory, to ensure implementation of a regulated environment for effective maritime administration, safe shipping operations, and fair and competitive shipping cost regimes.

He stated that the courtesy visit to the Board was motivated by the desire to advance the main objectives of the Chamber, which includes to promote the interest of its members and deepen international maritime commercial activities in Nigeria. Thus, he added, “we want to collaborate with the Board in the area of training of Marine Cadets and other aspects of capacity building to optimize the gains of local content in the maritime industry”.

In his response, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote thanked members of the NCS Governing Council for their kind remarks and interest in the activities of the Board. He explained that the Board is very disposed to partner with critical stakeholders like NCS ensure fulfilment of the Board’s mandate.

On the training of cadets, Wabote explained that the Board is willing to support any organization that offers maritime cadet trainings, provided it’s able to demonstrate that they can grant the trainees requisite international certifications and sea time experience. He also encouraged the NCS Governing Council members to explore the opportunity of partnering with the Maritime University, Okerenkoko Delta State, instead of foreign partnerships, to ensure that the various trainings they offer are domiciled in-country. He urged NCS to come up a proposed Memorandum of Understand (MoU) to underpin its partnership aspirations with the Board for consideration and harmonization.

Members of the NCS Governing Council at the courtesy visit were Mr. Andy Isichei
(President), Obiageli Obi (Director General) and  Dr. Chris Asoluka (member).

Wabote goes global with Nigerian Content Advocacy

Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) went global today with Nigerian Content Advocacy, when he addressed delegates to the African Oil Week (AOW) in Cape Town, South Africa at the start of the African Local Content Forum. African Local Content Forum is an innovative inclusion in the bouquet of AOW plenaries promoted by NCDMB and other partners to serve as a high profile platform for NOCs, International and Independents Oil Companies, Service Companies to generate single vision of future roadmap for African Content within the global oil and gas sector.

Speaking on the topic , “How to Develop Funds for Local Content Development“, Wabote asserted that Nigerian Content Development Fund model, which is underpinned by legislation is an attractive option for both upcoming and matured oil and gas jurisdictions in the African sub-region. He outlined five key parameters required for sustainable local content practice, to wit, Regulatory Framework, Capacity Building, Gap Analysis, Research and Development, and Funding and provision of incentives. “The importance of funding”, he said, “cannot be over-emphasized in any human endeavor”.

Thus, he added “the authors of the Nigerian Content Act, in recognition of the importance of funding to the success of Nigerian Content, made a key provision for funding to deliver the key objectives of the law”. The funding provision, he emphasized, is not only to enable the Board to carry out its functions as a regulator “without having to go round cap-in-hand to solicit for fund from operators”, but also to enable it develop capacities and capabilities in-country for increased value retention. He argued that the success of the Nigerian Content Development Fund could be attributed to the following factors: A clear, unambiguous provision backed by law; a clear remittance framework, sufficient time for accretion, transparent and impactful utilization.

Regardless of his advocacy for the Nigerian model, Wabote sounded a caveat, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ in local content practice”. To succeed, countries need to adopt best practices, but it is useful to tweak them to suit local circumstances, he concluded.

Earlier, Tony Paul, Chairman, Permanent Local Content Committee, Energy Sector for the Government of Trindad & Tobago, who spoke on the topic “ Developing successful local content framework and policies to promote in-country value and shared prosperity” made the same point, “ there’s no perfect model”, countries must avoid “cut and paste” in designing their framework.

Other presenters and discussants who shared their countries experiences at the African Local Content Forum include Magda Chamraird, former CEO, Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Betty Namubiru of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Ranti Omole for PETAN, Tein George, Chairman, Aveon Offshore, Armando Afonso, Exxonmobil, Angola to mention but few.

On the second day of African Local Content Forum at the AOW, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Wabote will go head to head with leading voices in the various international oil companies on the imperatives, benefits and concerns about local content practice. He’s poised to espouse the feasibility, expose the fads and allay fears. It promises to be a rich and rewarding debate to be aired live by CNBC from the conference venue.

Wabote Bags Global Award for Local Content Advocacy

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote was on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa conferred with a global award of excellence for outstanding contributions to sustainable local content development in Nigeria and across Africa’s Oil and Gas Industry.

The award was conferred on him by the organizers of African Oil Week (AOW), at the PetroAfricanus Dinner, as part of the events marking AOW’s 25th anniversary celebration.

AOW is a premier international oil and gas summit, which brings together over 70 governments, national oil companies, investors, regulators, licensing agencies and leaders of major oil and gas companies that shape the continent’s upstream hydrocarbon landscape. It’s a foremost platform for business intelligence and transaction in Africa’s upstream oil and gas industry.

Reading the citation for the award, Conference Director, Africa Oil Week, Mr. Paul Sinclair,  highlighted the considerations for Engr. Wabote’s selection and suitability for the award, which include his ongoing unprecedented contributions to localization of industry knowledge and expertise, monumental capacity development programs in Nigeria with cross border impacts, trenchant advocacy of the imperatives of local content practice and benefits, smart regulations and rare leadership capacity to balance dialogue between international commercial ventures and national interest. He stated that in the 25years history of AOW, this is the first time an award was given for Local Content excellence by AOW/ITE Group.

In his acceptance speech, Wabote expressed delight at the honour and recognition by AOW/ITE Group, noting that the award was significant as “it communicates AOW’s acknowledgment of the Board’s programmes and strategies for localizing industry knowledge and capacity development”. He paid glowing tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his country and to champion national economic interest through local content advocacy and implementation under NCDMB banner.  He dedicated the award to the entire staff and management of NCDMB for their high sense of duty, patriotism and absolute commitment to local content regime, noting “this award would not have been possible with their constant support for me”.

Other recipients of the AOW Silver Jubilee Celebration awards include to Mr. Conrad Gerber (a posthumous award received by his daughter, Laura), Barbette van Gessel, South African, Chief Executive Officer of Global Pacific & Partners, Founder and President of Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club, Duncan Clarke, Zimbabwean, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners, a private advisory firm based in London and Mr. Samuel Dossou-Aworet, Benin Republic national, a Pan-African Businessman, Founder and Chairman of Petrolin Group recognized for his strategic and pioneering role in the promotion and development of major oil companies and African companies in several African countries including Seplat in Nigeria.

It was a night of glitz and glory, well attended by dignitaries like the former President of Nigeria, His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Chairman Seplat, Dr. ABC Orjiakor, Managing Director Seplat, Mr. Austin Avuru, Luca Rigo de Righi (Chevron, Houston) and other representatives of oil and gas companies from various parts of the world.

Wabote commissions Tolmann’s modular fire field centre

…says patronage of local coys might attract discount on NCDF

A new modular fire field and emergency response training centre built by Tolmann Allied Services Limited has been commissioned by the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote.

Located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the facility can provide practical demonstrations of offshore safety trainings such as Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training, Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader Training, Major Emergency Management Initial Response, Control Room Operator Training, Confined Space Entry Training, Dynamic Positioning, Helicopter Landing and take-off coordination, and many more.

In his remarks at the event held recently, the Executive Secretary advised oil and gas service companies to continually evolve with the industry and improve their deliverables if they are to remain in business.

He recalled that Tolmann was one of the facilities he visited after assuming office in late 2016, to confirm the existence of local capacities and capabilities and commended the company for increasing its competences and assets base. “Industry operations are continuously moving into the deeper waters and it is either we evolve to become relevant or we disappear. Tolmann is trying to copy the evolution.”

Wabote also highlighted that safety in the oil and gas industry requires the highest possible standards and the company is playing a big role towards the realization of that aspiration.

He said the firm had become a leading international risk management, safety and emergency company through the provision of specialist safety training, support services, and technology. “Of particular importance is your achievement as the first training facility in Africa and Middle-East to secure OPITO Digital BOSIET approval. This unique digital delivery of training with certifications cuts down on time, logistics, and costs and ultimately improves the bottom line.”

The Executive Secretary also charged industry operators to patronize such facilities as part of their commitment to local content practice, capacity development of workers and safety of their operations. He hinted that NCDMB was developing a framework whereby the patronage of local service companies by operating companies and EPC contractors would be rewarded with a discount on the payment of the statutory one percent Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF).

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of Tolmann Allied Services Limited, Mr Emmanuel Onyekwena stated that the modular fire field centre was “borne of the desire to meet modern global approach of combatting emergency situations in daily life operations offshore, which requires capability, infrastructure and competence demonstration prior to deployment offshore.”

Chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Engr. Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, declared that Tolmann’s feat embodied the mantra of PETAN, which are capacity building, capability, consolidation and consistency. He maintained that member companies of the association are keen to capture the entire oil and gas value chain and deliver services to satisfactory levels.

He pleaded with international and indigenous operating companies to engage oil service companies that have proven their capabilities, adding that developed capacities would be lost if they are not utilised.

NCDMB seeks new strategy on barite utilization

A new framework that would promote optimal production and patronage of locally produced barites in oil and gas operations would be developed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in conjunction with the Association of Miners and Processors of Barites (AMAPOB).

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote directed the development of the roadmap in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at a recent workshop organised by the Board and attended by miners, representatives of international operating companies, service companies and other key stakeholders.

When the new framework is developed between six months and one year and is deemed to be practicable, the Board would make a pronouncement on the utilization of locally manufactured barites, he added.

Wabote expressed displeasure that despite the long standing support provided by the NCDMB and the donation of mechanized mining equipment and laboratory by Chevron Nigeria Limited to AMAPOB, there had not been substantial investments by the miners and institution of a sound business model to guide their operations. “NCDMB gave you a nudge. You ought to have taken that and pushed to the next level.”

He invited serious players in the barites value chain to approach the Board with bankable proposals, which could be funded through the Nigerian Content Intervention Forum (NCI Fund). According to him, the Board’s plan is to build capacities and turn some serious players into world class manufacturers of barites.

The Executive Secretary recalled that “from the inception of the Board in 2010 to date, the issue of utilization of Nigerian barites has been on the table and significant milestones have been achieved with the active collaboration and support of key industry players. As a matter of urgency, we must move to the next level by ensuring utilization of local barites.”

“Being a development agency the Board invested in a modular refinery; we are also ready to partner with good investors to ensure local production of barites.”

He noted that optimal production and utilization of locally produced barites in oil and gas operations will create jobs and stem capital flight, as the oil industry spends a minimum of $35 million annually on the importation of barites.

In this response, some stakeholders said they had not made the required investments because of low demand for their products. They maintained that unless existing producers were patronized, there would not be incentive to invest more.

The President of AMAPOB, Mr. Stephen Alao appreciated the Board’s support for the utilization of local barites.  He lamented that the country has huge deposits of barites and other mineral resources but there was low patronage from operating and service companies.

First Vice President, AMAPOB, Mr. Mike Mku, said the barite being produced in Nigeria met the grade demanded by the oil and gas sector and were enough to meet their demand.

Senate commends NCDMB’s development of Headquarters building

…to expand NC Act to other sectors

Members of the Senate Committee on Local Content have commended the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for conceiving and developing its 17-storey headquarters building in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, using the services of a local contractor.

The committee members gave their commendation during a recent oversight visit to the Board’s office and major Nigerian Content locations in Bayelsa and Rivers States.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adeola Solomon Adeola spoke after the group undertook a tour of the building site and he applauded the overall quality of execution. He added that when completed the building would meet the present and future needs of the NCDMB. “The project will also meet the expectations of all Nigerians, especially those in the oil and gas industry.”

He also hailed the Board and its main contractor, Megastar Technical & Construction Company Limited for the speedy and professional development of the project. “I am happy that we have a project of this magnitude being executed by a Nigerian company. The most interesting part of this project is that it is local content driven.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Upstream Petroleum Resources and member of the Local Content Committee, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, also described the new building as a wonderful initiative, which would contribute to the development of Bayelsa State and the entire oil and gas industry.

Also speaking, Senator Dino Melaye noted that project would save the economy huge costs in the future. “I commend NCDMB for projecting into the future. Eventually, the building might not even meet the needs of the Board and the oil and gas industry. We need to develop similar projects in many other sectors and locations.

On the implementation of the Nigerian Content, Senator Adeola said the Board’s efforts have helped to attract investments into the economy, develop human capacities and technology in the oil and gas sector. He stated further that the Nigerian Content aims to promote empowerment and employment of indigenes and facilitate technology transfer in order to expand the local economy.

He assured that the committee would continue to add value to the Local Content initiative, increase the impact and enforcement of the NOGICD ACT and work with the NCDMB for a greater fulfillment of its mandate in the overall interest of all Nigerians.

He added that “the committee has commenced the review of the NOGICD ACT 2010 to increase its relevance to the current industry realities and more importantly to expand its scope to cover other industry such as ICT, telecom, manufacturing, extractive industry among others.”

In his welcome remarks, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote stated that the Board’s 17-storey headquarters building would be a source of pride to indigenes and residents of the Niger Delta region. He confirmed that only eight floors would be used for office space, while one floor would host an oil and gas training centre of excellence. According to Wabote, some operating and service companies have already indicated their interest to rent some of the floors and proceeds from such lease would be used to maintain the building. He also said that the structure would utilise electricity generated from an independent power plant being developed by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State.

In his response to questions by the lawmakers, the Executive Secretary clarified that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved an increase in the project’s budget, because of the huge fluctuations in the foreign exchange rates, which greatly affected the costs of inputs.

UNICAL student wins Nigerian Content Essay competition

A first year student of Electronics and Computer Technology at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Mr. Ubon James, has emerged the winner of the second edition of the annual national oil and gas essay competition organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The essay submitted by the 27-year-old was adjudged the best amongst over 3000 entries contributed by first and second year students from universities across the country.  He was rewarded with a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000), a new laptop and a plaque.

The top four finalists included Mr. Peter Abegunde, a 200-level law student of Joseph Ayo Babalola University; Deseye Odubo, a 100 level Medical Student of Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State; Melex Tamaradoubra, a student of Medical Laboratory, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt and Osatohamen Ebhodaghe of the University of Benin. The top ten finalists received graduated cash prizes.

Receiving the prize, Ubon called on other government agencies and multinational companies in Nigeria to emulate the example of NCDMB to promote programmes that will bring out the best in youths. He also charged young people to shun vices and channel their energies towards positive endeavors.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote who was represented by the General Manager, Corporate Communication and Zonal Coordination, Dr. Ginah O. Ginah explained that the essay competition provides a good opportunity for the Board to engage Nigerian youths, especially the undergraduates and introduce them to the concept of Nigerian Content.

According to him, “it is important to conscientize the young ones on Nigerian Content and the nexus to developing and industrializing our economy. We decided to make the contest pan-Nigeria so as to create geographical balance and engender keen competition. We also wanted to make the point that Nigerian Content activities and implementation is open to Nigerians from all geopolitical zones.”

In his opening remarks, Manager, Corporate Communications, NCDMB, Barr. Naboth Onyesoh emphasized that enlightened citizenry is critical to local content growth and high performance in the oil and gas sector.

While congratulating the top ten finalists, Onyesoh encouraged them to continually improve their writing competencies because it comes with numerous benefits.

The Project Consultant, Mr. Eyinimi Omorozi said the project was conceived to promote academic excellence among university and polytechnic students. He added that it was also aimed at creating awareness for the youths on the need to build local capacities and competencies, for increased indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry.

Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Professor Seth Accra Jaja commended the NCDMB for various initiatives it had introduced to develop the youths of the country. He sought for closer synergy between universities and the industry, to enable the students gain requisite practical experiences and become employable upon graduation.

NCDMB sponsors sea time training for 20 cadets

The mandatory sea time training programme for 20 cadets sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) started on Monday at Charkins Maritime and Offshore Services Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The programme is aimed at addressing the deficit of trained cadets in the maritime and oil and gas industries and reduce the dependence on foreign personnel in the marine operations. The trainees were selected from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Joint Qualification System (NOGIC JQS).

Under the programme, the cadets will be trained by Bernard Schulte Group for 12 months on board a foreign vessel and will be international certified after the training and awarded the Certificate of Competence (COC) recognized by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building Division, Dr. Ama Ikuru explained that the cadets training is a Human Capacity Building Initiative of the Board, geared towards increasing the participation of Nigerians in the oil and gas industry, especially in shipping which is an important aspect of the sector.

According to him, over 10,000 vessels berth at the Nigerian Port each year but there were deficiency of Nigerians required in manning those vessels.

He said: “51 candidates were selected for the test, 41 candidates turned up and 20 cadets were selected for the training in Ghana”.

Ikuru advised the cadets to be hardworking, dedicated and aspire to be the best, even as he gave the assurance that the Board would support them to succeed.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer, Charkins Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, Sir Charles Kimikanwo Wami commended the Board for its effective implementation of the Nigerian Content Act and for collaborating with stakeholders and empowering youths through provision of job opportunities.

He advised the cadets to make good use of the opportunity and become good ambassadors of their communities and the nation.

NCDMB, indigenous producers sign agreement on tendering cycle

… We‘ve recorded 98% performance with SLAs-Wabote

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Indigenous Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) have signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which would drive local content implementation and simplify the procurement and tendering processes for oil and gas projects.

The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the General Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Paul Zuhumben signed on behalf of the Board at a ceremony in Lagos on Tuesday, while the Chairman of the IPPG, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero and the Managing Director, Newcross Petroleum Limited, Engr. Victor Sodje signed for the operating companies.

The SLA was developed by the two parties in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and in sync with the Board’s 10-Year Strategic Roadmap.

The Executive Secretary said the SLA would enhance the reduction of contracting timelines to six months to meet the target set by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

The agreement with the IPPG is the third in the series. The Board had executed similar pacts with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) – the umbrella body of major oil producing companies. “This initiative was the first between a regulator and its key stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas industry,” Wabote added.

According to him, the SLA initiative has been very effective since its introduction in May 2017. “It has enhanced the efficiency of the interface between the Board and industry operators. The example can be seen in the swift execution of some contracts in the oil and gas industry such as the LPG vessel supply contract awarded by NLNG, the NLNG Train-7 project, and several other contracts put in place by the international operating companies under the umbrella of the SLA signed with OPTS.

“The finger-pointing to the Board as the point of delay in contracting process has drastically reduced with the transparency engendered by the SLA’s.”

The Executive Secretary also reported that the Board’s delivery on the SLA has been receiving accolades. “One company keeps track of our performance in terms of when their staff submit documents to us and when they get approvals.  They scored us 98 percent in terms of the SLA we signed with them.”

He also expressed optimism that the new agreement with IPPG would record a similar success and charged the members to fulfil their part of the deal.

The aspiration, he underlined, is for indigenous operators to see NCDMB as a key contributor to the Federal Government’s policy on Ease of Doing Business and not an obstacle to business aspirations.

Speaking further, Wabote commended IPPG members for demonstrating that indigenous operators can operate oil and gas fields successfully. “I have always highlighted at different fora that our indigenous operators as represented by IPPG are poster children of the Nigerian Content law.”

He challenged the companies to go into manufacturing, reiterating the pledge that the Board would support firms that come up with bankable proposals that would add value to the nation’s hydrocarbons. “The Board is still waiting for more of your 25-member group to come forward with similar or even better proposals than the one we did with Waltersmith.”

Chairman of the IPPG and Managing Director of First E&P, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, pledged that the members would comply with the SLA, noting that key mantra of the group were to comply with all regulatory requirements, operate at international standards and add value to the nation’s oil and gas.

He said, “We have gone through it and we are in support. I am signing for the 25 members. The SLA is beneficial to each of our members. It will be a journey for us because it’s an issue of understanding.”

He also confirmed that the secretariat of the group would operationalize the SLA and track compliance on behalf of the members.

Adeyemi-Bero admitted that a major challenge many indigenous producer have with complying with the Nigerian Content Act stemmed from their perception of the law. “Because we are indigenous companies, some of us sometimes assume that we were not meant to comply.”

He identified the key issues in the SLA to include ‘how to efficiently drive Nigerian Content related documentations, submissions, reviews and approvals in line with the NOGIC Act.’

He stressed that their members had neither the vast processes of the IOCs nor well established capital base, hence would sometimes approach the Board for pragmatic concessions.

NCDMB, stakeholders begin review of new projects, opportunities

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and key players of the Nigerian oil and gas industry have begun to review the existing data on upcoming projects and their Nigerian Content opportunities.

The review seeks to update the Compendium of Nigerian Content Opportunities, highlight  challenges  faced  by  operators  and  service  providers  and  proffer solutions that would increase in-country value creation and retention and fast-track the development of new projects.

The Board organised a two-day workshop in Lagos recently and it featured sessions on upstream opportunities, with presentations from international and indigenous operating companies and a dedicated marine vessels strategy session on the second day.

The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Mr. Daziba Patrick Obah, delivered the opening address on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote and stated that the event would build on the data generated in the maiden edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunities Fair (NOGOF) held in 2017 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. A key output from the Uyo event was a compilation of opportunities in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

He stressed the need to update the compendium on an annual basis to enable the Board and stakeholders track the progress made in maximising Nigerian Content opportunities.

The Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB and coordinator of the event, Mr. Akintunde Adelana, informed that NOGOF 2019 will hold from April 4-5, 2019, at the 1000-seater conference hall of the new NCDMB headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Expected attendees include venture capitalists, investors and other players in industry. The event would also serve an avenue to identify gaps in local content, list investment opportunities and highlight value-addition and employment opportunities, he added.

Participants at the Lagos workshop suggested that NOGOF 2019 should identify opportunities for synergy and foster collaboration between contractors. Other proposals include the need for a session that would discuss the progress made in reviewing schedules to the NOGICD Act as well as a session that would focus on technology.

Stakeholders also advised NCDMB to effectively monitor contract execution and maximally disburse the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund) to boost the financial capacity of local contractors.

It was also canvassed that the forthcoming NOGOF should set agenda for greater collaboration among government agencies connected with Nigerian Content.

Representatives of various international and indigenous operating companies presented their goodwill messages.

Chairman of   the Petroleum Technology Association (PETAN), Mr.  Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, confirmed that that NCDMB’s aspirations like the domestication of technology, growing the nation’s GDP and developing capacities in-country were in tandem with PETAN ideals.

In his presentation, the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Mordecai Ladan, represented by Engr. Joseph Ogunsola of the Gas Division, stated that the Nigerian gas industry offered incredible opportunities for investments, which would create huge benefits for the investors and Nigerian people.

He stressed that to achieve gas flare-out, there must be focus on infrastructure, fiscal terms, open access to facilities, political will, technology options and synergy among industry players. He stated that the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) has a target of zero routine gas flaring in Nigeria by 2020.

 

The Nigerian Content Capacity Development Manager, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, Engr. Sylvester Iduseri, indicated that the company’s Egina deepwater project achieved 75 percent Local Content and exceeded the 70 percent target set by the NCDMB. He said studies were ongoing for Pereowei development, a subsea field project, which would be a tie-back to the Egina FPSO.

Tendering was ongoing for the Ikike project and the Final Investment Decision (FID) forecast is expected in Q4 2018, he added.

He also explained that Nigerian Content opportunities in the Ikike project exist in engineering, procurement, construction and fabrication, installation, drilling, completion among others.

Other key suggestions at the workshop included the need for project promoters to continue to christen projects and facilities with names of their host communities as such gestures would foster a sense of belonging in the communities.