NCDMB, India to partner on Research & Development

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has begun to partner the Indian Government and its relevant institutions with the goal of leveraging on India’s advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to develop the Nigerian oil and gas industry’s capabilities for research and innovation.
The Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote in company with some senior officials of the Board met with the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, BN Reddy in Abuja on Thursday and they discussed the Board’s plans to engage the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the Indian Chamber of Commerce and a host of other institutions.
The IIT, a leading university in India, has one of the most successful innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system, with over 160 startups over the last six years in various fields, including the oil and gas industry. It also has ongoing relationship with major oil and gas companies including Exxon-Mobil, Shell among others.
Speaking at the meeting, Wabote underscored the trade relations between India and Nigeria especially in the supply of crude oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Nigeria supplies 10 percent of India’s crude oil needs.
He stressed that the relationship between the two Commonwealth countries can be deepened in the area of ICT, manufacturing and processing of hydrocarbons.
He explained that the Board is continually looking for ways to push the boundaries of Local Content practice, especially in key sectors of the economy that are linked to the oil and gas industry and have the capacity to create multiplicity of jobs for Nigerians.
He stated that “the way India has grown its technology companies is of interest to the Board and we will like collaborate with your institutions, exchange ideas so we can replicate your achievements in our Research and Development journey.”
The discussion also focused on fostering collaborations between Nigerian manufacturing firms and their Indian counterparts to domesticate the fabrication of modular refineries. The Board also hopes to attract investors from the South Asian country to establish LPG cylinder manufacturing factories in Nigeria and participate in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGAPS).
In his welcome comments, the High Commissioner noted that India has the highest rate of start-ups in the world and the feat was achieved through a programme called ‘Start-up India. He promised to facilitate the Board’s engagements with the Indian institutions, pointing out that the IIT had trained many Indians and impacted their nation’s economy significantly. He also advised the Board to engage the Indian Chamber of Commerce, which has cluster companies with specialty in ICT and R&D, an area NCDMB is eager to pursue.

Public schools triumph in NCDMB Science Quiz in Bayelsa

Three public schools, Ijaw National Academy, Community Secondary School, Akenfa and Kaiama Grammar School swept the stakes at the 4th edition of science quiz competition for secondary schools in Bayelsa State sponsored by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The annual contest is themed “Grab a Star: Reach for the sky” and is organised by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Yenagoa. The prize giving day for the winning schools was held on Wednesday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Delivering the welcome address, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, represented by Supervisor, Media and Publicity, Mr Obinna Ezeobi explained that the Board sponsored the quiz competition with the goal of improving the quality of teaching and learning of science education in state.

According to him, sponsoring the competition was in line with the Board’s mandate of building local capacities in the oil and gas industry. “The competition offers a wonderful opportunity to start early to develop the capabilities of Nigerians who would work in the oil and gas industry in the years to come.”

He highlighted some other support rendered by the Board to the education sector in state to include the donation of two Information Communication Technology centres and presentation of 32 desktop computers, 752 computer textbooks and 752 computer workbooks to the Bayelsa State Post-Primary Schools Board (PPSB).

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa State, Hon Jonathan Obuebite hailed the Board for its contributions to the development of education in the state and continuous sponsorship of the quiz competition. He attributed the success of the public schools in the science quiz competition to the state government’s effort at improving the sector. In his words, “the government has invested massively in infrastructural and facility upgrade of schools and that had ensured that Bayelsa State students are excelling in competitions and examinations which was not the case few years ago.”

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Manpower Development, Chief Blessing Izagara advised that the competition should focus on the application of science and technology to the improvement of the society rather than asking students to recall scientific facts and dates. Such shift in emphasis he said, would propel the students to develop the zeal and mind-set to innovate things that would improve their generation.

The General Manger, NTA Yenagoa, Barr. Emeka Okpala thanked the Board for its continued sponsorship of the quiz competition and pledged the station’s readiness to deepen collaboration with the Board and publicise all its activities.

NCDMB, Dangote Refinery set up joint committee on Nigerian Content

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Dangote Petroleum Refinery have inaugurated a joint committee that would develop a framework for the implementation of Nigerian Content in the development of the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery project.

The committee was inaugurated in Lagos recently, with four members drawn from each organisation.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote was represented at the event by the Director, Planning, Research and Development, NCDMB, Mr. Daziba Patrick Obah and he stated that the committee would ensure that investments by the Dangote Group in the oil and gas industry complied substantially with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. He said the success of the refinery project would impact positively on Nigerians and the nation’s economy as well as create about 235,000 direct and indirect jobs.

 

Obah added that “we cannot over emphasize the importance of this collaboration which we believe will bring Dangote and NCDMB closer towards achieving our respective mandates and results with even better impact on Nigerians and the Nigerian economy from oil and gas operations, projects and activities.”

He charged the committee to institute modalities for the submission and review of statutory reports and conducting performance review sessions, project assessments and verification visits. He however stressed that strategies that would be put in place to implement Nigerian Content in the Refinery Project must not hamper the speed of project execution.

In his comments, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB, Mr. Akintunde Adelana explained that the joint committee was not a corrective measure, rather was aimed at helping the two parties foster alliances and achieve a common goal.

The Chief Operating Officer, Dangote Refinery, Mr. Giuseppe Surace pledged the company’s commitment to complying with the NOGICD Act. He stated further that the company would maximize Nigerian Content in all its operations, including Engineering, Construction, Logistics and Employment.

Osibanjo, Wabote woo US investors for Nigerian Oil and Gas

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and other top Federal Government officials were at the Silicon Valley, California, USA on Monday to canvass for foreign direct investment in the Nigeria to over 25 key international players in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

The main objective of the visit was to promote the ample investment opportunities in the country’s key sectors like ICT, Oil and Gas, Power, Agriculture, Solid Minerals etc. The delegation also highlighted Nigeria’s market size, entrepreneurial spirit, vibrant young demography, fiscal incentives for pioneer investments.

Wabote was invited on the trip to expatiate on the NCDMB’s strategies to deepen collaborations and sectorial linkages between the Oil and Gas Industry and the ICT sector.

The Executive Secretary used the opportunity to discuss with top fund managers, sister agencies and the founders of the start-up companies on the Board’s focus areas in Research and Development and support for companies domiciled in Nigeria. The Board has developed a pathway for developing research and development capabilities in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and is partnering with various local and international stakeholders on the initiatives it is pursuing in this regard.

About Nigerian 11 start-up companies in innovation and technology had the opportunity to make presentations to the foreign investors on their business models and the support they require. The presentations covered the application of technology and innovation to address challenges in logistics, procurement, healthcare, financial services and insurance.

The Vice President thanked the investors for honoring the invitation and the Nigerian delegation for the efforts put into planning the event to make it a resounding success. The delegation also visited the offices of Google and Linkedin in the Silicon Valley.

Other key officials in the Nigerian delegation included the Hon Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment and the heads of Bank of Industry (BOI), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), and Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Debyl Ltd opens service centre in Port Harcourt

Debyl Limited, an indigenous service company has opened a state of the art valve and compressor products service center in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in a ceremony witnessed by senior officials of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC).
The service center will help meet the demands of the local market for an ultra-modern machine shop for the refurbishment of compressor valves, calibration, test system for bolting tools and fabrication and machining works. The centre will also be used for onsite machining practical training, bolted joint integrity rig for practical training on flanges, hydraulic torque tightening and tensioning among other services.
Debyl Limited in partnership with an original equipment manufacturer, Hydratight and Compressor Products International (CPI), provides technical solutions and support services to oil and gas and industrial companies in Nigeria.
In his comments at the event, the Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Frank Ibi, who represented the Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote congratulated Debyl Limited on its achievement and underscored that Nigerian Content is geared to promote domiciliation of value-adding activities and utilization of Nigerian human and material resources. He added that the Board will continue to push for patronage of Nigerian goods and services and local fabrication yards.
He assured that the Board will support investments by local companies which seek to create jobs, increase in-country manufacturing capacities and value retention. He also encouraged local suppliers and service providers to always meet international standards and invest in Nigeria.
Managing Director, Debyl Limited, Mr. Olufemi Joseph Adeyanju explained that the establishment of the service center was in line with the implementation of the Nigerian Content Policy and appealed for patronage from stakeholders.
The Managing Director, Port Harcourt Refining Company, (PHRC) Engr. Malami Shehu commissioned the facility and declared it open for use by stakeholders of the industry.

NCDMB wins 1st Dr Alirio Parra Award at NOG 2018

…signs MoU with CWC on PNC Workshop

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has been conferred with the first 1st Dr Alirio Parra Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
The award was presented to the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote at the gala dinner held on Wednesday in Abuja to mark the end of the 2018 Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and International Exhibition.
Total Exploration and Production Company was also recognized for its sterling contributions to the growth of Local Content through the execution of the Egina deepwater project.
CWC and Levmora Services, organizers of the NOG conference said NCDMB was chosen for the Dr Alirio Parra Award for being the most outstanding federal agency in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The Board was also feted as very innovative, introducing several initiatives that are geared to improve the operations of the sector and develop the Nigerian economy.
Late Dr Alirio Parra, former Minister of Energy and Mines, Venezuela and Senior Advisor, CWC Group Limited died on March 9, 2018, aged 90.
He also served as President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Conference and was involved with many professional activities in the international oil and gas sector. He had insightful knowledge of the Nigerian oil and gas industry, had been visiting Nigeria for over 40 years and delivered addresses at annual NOG events.
In a similar vein, the NCDMB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CWC on the organisation of the Practical Nigerian Content (PNC) Workshop and Exhibition. Engr. Wabote signed on behalf of the NCDMB on Monday at the first day of the NOG Conference while the Vice President, Production, CWC, Ms. Wemimo Oyelana signed on behalf of the company.
The Executive Secretary explained that the MoU is for five years and revenues generated from hosting the annual event would be shared between the Board and CWC. He also stated that CWC was working to be incorporated in Nigeria.
The PNC Workshop was conceived by CWC and it organised the first edition in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in 2011. Subsequent editions were held in collaboration with the NCDMB, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State between 2012 and 2015. The event was moved to Abuja in 2016 and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in 2017. The 2018 edition will be held at the Board’s new headquarters building, which is being completed in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

NUPENG commends NCDMB, seeks support on labour issues

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has commended the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for its effective implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.
President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha and Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale made the commendation during a meeting convened by the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) in Abuja on Tuesday.
The committee invited the NCDMB management to respond to concerns raised by the oil workers that the Service Level Agreement (SLA) signed by the Board and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) on May 9, 2018, would limit the duration of industry contracts of labour service to a maximum of three months as against five years, which it claimed was previously the norm.
The union leaders however sang a different tune after listening to the clarifications made by the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, who explained that the SLA between NCDMB and OPTS was aimed at shortening the protracted contracting cycle in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, which used to take about three years before the award of a major contract would be completed.
The NUPENG officials thereafter pleaded with the NCDMB to examine the nature of employment contracts oil servicing companies forced their members to sign. According to them, NUPENG members were often made to accept short term contracts, with unfavorable conditions of service.
Akporeha claimed that oil workers championed the Nigerian Content Bill when it was undergoing legislative processes, hence they expected the NCDMB to extend the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act to key labour issues, like the kinds and provisions of employment contracts which operating and service companies subject Nigerian employees to. He regretted that most operating companies no longer hire middle and lower cadre personnel on a full time basis, preferring to use casual workers. Such practices, he insisted, were against labour laws and inimical to the interests of the nation and its youths.
Providing insight on the SLA, Wabote explained that the Board signed the first of such agreements with the Nigerian LNG Limited in May 2017 and was jointly developing the third SLA with the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG). He said the SLA with the NLNG greatly improved the speed of interactions between the two organisations, leading to the timeous conclusion of the recent award of a contract by the NLNG to a fully indigenous company, E.A. Temile Development Company for the provision of a new build Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) ship.
The Executive Secretary confirmed that the SLA with OPTS was aimed at accelerating the approval process of the NCDMB’s activities on the contracting cycle and enhancing the ease of doing business, which is a key policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. “It is meant to shorten the time by removing all unwanted bottlenecks and red tapes in order to conclude Nigerian content reviews and approvals by NCDMB before award of contracts by NNPC-NAPIMS.”
He stressed that the SLA had nothing to do with reducing the tenure or duration of a project or contract; rather it would ensure that jobs are retained and are also created. “The protracted industry cycle led the IOCs to start using short term contracts which they review arbitrarily.”

Wabote also promised to intervene in the complaints raised by NUPENG against operating and service companies, within the limits of the Board’s mandate. Regretting that most violators of the Nigerian Content Act were indigenous companies, he charged the union to serve as whistle blowers and report cases of Nigerian Content infractions to the Board so it would call the violators to order.
He informed that NCDMB had extended the focus of Nigerian Content implementation to the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, after recording appreciable success in the upstream sector.
On the phasing out of junior personnel by oil producing companies, the Executive Secretary attributed it to the use of enhanced technology by the industry. “Most junior roles and tasks are now executed by technology and that is why companies employ only highly skilled workers.”
In his comments, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Hon Akinlaja Iranola Joseph asked the Board and NUPENG to develop a regular interface for addressing labour issues in the industry. He decried casualization in the industry and charged relevant agencies of government to fight against it.
A member of the House of Representatives Committee and former President of NUPENG, Hon Peter Akpatason also urged the industry to employ junior cadre staff and build their capacities so they can play leading roles in the sector.

Halliburton, A/Ibom open Oil & Gas Training and Research Centre

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has applauded Halliburton (Landmark) Energy Services Nigeria for partnering with the Government of Akwa Ibom State and Hobark Group of Companies to establish a world class Oil and Gas Training and Research Centre, to upscale the capacities of young Nigerians with skills required in the Oil and Gas Sector.

The Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training and Research Centre is located at the Ibom E-Library in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and is the first center in Nigeria and sub-saharan Africa fully equipped with oilfield tools and equipment to runs basic, standard and advanced courses in field development, drilling, completions, well intervention, digital technology and associated  disciplines.

In his address at the event, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote described the facility as an indication of the oil and gas sector’s domiciliation and domestication strategy, particularly in human capacity development and expressed hope that the centre would help to reverse the capital flight associated with seeking technical trainings outside the country. He urged operators and oil and gas service providers to utilize the facility for technical trainings of their personnel and promised to send staff of the Board to undergo trainings at the facility.

Wabote commended the partnership between Halliburton with Hobark Group and the Akwa Ibom State Government and disclosed that the Board has embarked on a similar partnership in the development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGaPS) located in Ikwe-Onna Local Government Area of the state. He noted that the engineering design for the facility was being developed and when completed, the park will host manufacturing concerns and generate over 2,000 jobs.

He maintained that Nigeria occupies an enviable position among African countries with oil and gas deposits and has with the potential and capacity to provide trainings for more than 3,000 students and employees in a year.

In his welcome address, Area Vice President/Managing Director, Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria, Mr. Henry Oki thanked the Akwa Ibom State Government and NCDMB for supporting the initiative. The plan he said, is for the center to serve as the hub for oil and gas capacity development in the Sub-Saharan region.

Managing Director, Hobark Group of Companies, Engr. Obi Okoroafor also promised to support the centre to develop new talents in the oil and gas industry. He further sought more support from the NCDMB, Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) and patronage by key stakeholders of the industry.

In his goodwill message, Managing Director, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Diepiriye Tariah stated that the centre will be useful to all players in the oil and gas industry and promised that NNPC will disseminate information to all players of sector so that it will be utilized effectively.

NCDMB invests $10m in Waltersmith’s 5000 bpd modular refinery

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Friday in Lagos signed a $10m equity investment agreement with Waltersmith Refining & Petrochemical Company Limited for the construction of a 5000 barrels per day modular refinery to be located at Ibigwe, Imo State.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the Director of Finance and Personnel Management, Mr. Isaac Yalah signed on behalf of the Board while the Chairman of Waltersmith, Mr. Abdulrasaq Isah and the Executive Vice-Chairman, Mr. Danjuma Sale signed for the company.

Under the Shareholders Agreement and the Share Subscription Agreement, the Board took 30 percent equity in the modular refinery.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote said the investment decision was in line with the Board’s vision ‘to be the catalyst for the industrialization of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors.’ The Board was also keen, he added, to support the Federal Government’s policy on modular refineries and meet the key objectives of the Petroleum Industry’s Seven Big Wins launched by President Mohammed Buhari in October 2016 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Program (EGRP).

According to him, “we have our exit strategy in place to ensure that the refinery reverts back as a fully owned, privately run modular refinery as our role is clearly defined as a catalyst.”

He also commended Waltersmith for developing a bankable proposition, stating that “they sorted out the project feasibility, regulatory approvals, and other pertinent details before reaching out to the Board with the value they are bringing to the table and a clear definition of the support they seek.”

Wabote confirmed that NCDMB in line with its mandate in the NOGICD Act 2010 and as part of the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap would intervene and fund projects and activities directed at increasing Nigerian Content in the Oil & Gas industry, especially those that utilize available resources in-country, add value and create jobs locally. “Establishment of LPG depots, resuscitation of abandoned or establishment of new LPG cylinder manufacturing plants, partnerships on mini-petrochemical plants, and several others fall into the pack of interventions we are willing to look at,” he said.

He advised project sponsors and promoters of modular refineries seeking the Board’s support to study the checklist of requirements hosted on the Board’s website.

He restated his belief that at least 10 percent of Nigeria’s oil production should be refined using modular refineries, assuring that the Board would be willing to consider proposals that meet the guidelines.

Chairman of Waltersmith, Mr. Abdulrasaq Isah explained that the modular refinery project was originally conceived to mitigate the incessant vandalism of the company’s crude oil pipelines but feasibility studies later indicated that it could be a viable business because of the significant demand for refined petroleum products. He disclosed that the refinery would be sited close to the firm’s oil field at Ibigwe, Imo State and the refined products would be distributed to consumers within 40 kilometer radius of the plant. He expressed optimism that the project would support the Federal Government’s plan to substitute imported refined petroleum products and as well as the strategy to use the establishment of modular refineries to address the menace of pipeline vandalism, illegal refining and other social challenges prevalent in the oil producing region.
He commended the leadership of the NCDMB for supporting the project and assured that the company would do everything within its power to make it a success. “This is landmark in the history of the NCDMB and we pride ourselves as the first beneficiary of this initiative.”

Addax celebrates Nigerian Content achievements, graduates 11 trainees

Addax Petroleum rolled out the drums on Friday in Lagos to celebrate the feats it had recorded in the implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. This year’s edition of the Nigerian Content awareness day was titled “Building Nigerian Content: Our Collective Assignment”. It also featured the graduation of two geosciences interns and nine trainees under the Addax/Rumoulf HCDT programme.

Delivering the opening remarks at the event, Acting Managing Director, Addax Petroleum, Mr. Yonghong Chen affirmed the company’s commitment to promoting Nigerian Content in its operations and ensuring compliance with the provisions of the NOGICD Act. He said, “I know we are doing well with Nigerian Content; we have not earned any infraction from the Board and to us this is one thing we are proud of. We have institutionalized Nigerian Content and taken it to the next level by producing NC nuggets that will be displayed on all the desks to serve as reminders to staff.”

He appreciated the support of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), particularly in granting timely approvals of documents that concern operations and asked that such efforts be intensified.

The General Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Paul Zuhumben represented the Executive Secretary, Engr Simbi Wabote at the event and commended Addax’s tenacity at organizing the Nigerian Content awareness day annually. He said the programme affords Addax the opportunity to showcase positive strides it had made, celebrate achievements, plan towards future opportunities and make the best of the NOGICD Act 2010 to further grow local content.

Zuhumben informed that the Board has commenced the implementation of the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic road map which was developed with the intent of deepening Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry. He stated that a key target of the road map is to increase Nigerian Content from the current level of 28 percent to 70 percent by 2027.

He underscored the need for Addax to give Nigerian Content its deserved attention by ensuring that it is driven by top management.  “I implore Addax to structure the NC Department just like HSE or QA/QC. This will give support to the Federal Government’s Executive Order 005 on local content and also strengthen the NC implementation.”

The General Manager also congratulated the trainees for successfully completing their programme and pledged that the Board would continue to encourage genuine efforts aimed at developing young talents to become global brands.

The Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Roland Ewubare, represented by the General Manager, Production Sharing Contract (PSC), Mr. Jock James reiterated NAPIMS obligation to ensure that Nigerians are given first consideration before any contract is awarded.

A representative of the trainees, Mr. Alex Rekede thanked Addax Petroleum and the NCDMB for the opportunity given to them and requested for employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry so they could showcase the knowledge they acquired.