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Boost for Nigerian Content As Shell Involves More Indigenous Contractors In Key Projects

 Olushola Bello

Shell staff at the just concluded 8th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) where SNEPCo emerged the winner of the International Oil Company of the Year 2024 Award, which the organisers of the conference, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) handed out at the awards dinner.

Efforts by Shell to promote Nigerian content have led to more indigenous companies executing key contracts in oil and gas operations on land and in deep water.

Indigenous contractors deployed technology for automated tank cleaning at Bonny Terminal for The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), while locally manufactured stud bolts, nuts and flanges as well as sand screens are being used for well operations.

Last year, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) deployed a team of 33 companies, 87% of whom were Nigerian-owned, to successfully deliver the Bonga Turn Around Maintenance in eight days ahead of schedule saving on downtime on Bonga.

“Nigerian content is a business enabler for Shell, so, it is in our interest to help build the capacity of Nigerian contractors to handle key contracts,” Shell’s General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, ‘Lanre Olawuyi, said at a panel session on Nigerian content at the just-concluded 8th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) in Lagos. He was represented by Manager, NCD Capacity and Supplier Development, Kenechukwu Akubue.

Shell has taken steps to support the target of increasing overall Nigerian content in the oil and gas industry from 20 percent in 2010 to 70 percent by 2070, through contract awards. In 2022 alone, Shell companies in Nigeria awarded contracts worth over $1.9bln to Nigeria-registered companies, of which 61% of were indigenous companies with 51% or more Nigerian ownership.

In support of the vision of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for 50,000 indigenous oil and gas professionals with postgraduate qualifications by 2027, Shell and its partners are implementing the Niger Delta Post Graduate Scholarship, with more than 106 beneficiaries studying for master’s degree programmes at top universities in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Olawuyi said: “Shell is grateful for the support of stakeholders, including the NCDMB, our partners and contractors in efforts to promote Nigerian content. We hope to continue the collaboration to further grow this aspect of our business.”

In one of the highlights of the 2024 SAIPEC, SNEPCo emerged as the winner of the International Oil Company of the Year 2024 award, which the organisers of the conference, the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) handed out at the awards dinner.

In 2005, SNEPCo began production at Bonga, Nigeria’s first oil and gas development in more than 1,000 water meters, using one of the world’s largest floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The operations have resulted in the remittance of taxes and royalties to the Nigerian Government, payment of fees to statutory bodies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission and development of indigenous contractors and service providers. Some 97% of SNEPCo workforce is Nigerian; overall, Bonga has helped create a new generation of Nigerian deep-water professionals.

 A strategic cross-reporting initiative/businessstandardsng.com

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