Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, (SPDC) has begun the training of 40 youths at Assa North-Ohaji South in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State. The training is in readiness for the Assa North-Ohaji South (ANOH) Gas Project being operated by the company in conjunction with Seplat Energy Plc.
Mr. Igo Weli who is the Country Head of Corporate Relations at SPDC, disclosed this on Monday, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Speaking on the objective of the one-year training programme which will be conducted at the Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State, Weli said, “The aim is to make ready these youths for opportunities in the operations of the gas project and for the entire Nigerian gas development value chain.”
He disclosed that the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will be in charge of the supervision of the training session.
“The training is part of SPDC Joint Venture contributions to build the capacity of people in our host communities and is the outcome of recommendations by the NCDMB,’’ he said.
The youths to be trained were selected from Assa, Ochia, Awarra, Obile, Obosima, Obuomadike, Umunwaku, Ohoba, Obitti and Umuapu, in Ohaji/Egbema LGA and Avu in Owerri West LGA.
The training will focus on project management, welding, fitting, scaffolding, rigging and lifting, electrical installations, electrical engineering, carpentry, building technology, drafting, and ICT, surveys, quality and safety procedure.
The training will produce 60% of skilled and semi-skilled workers from the host communities, and an additional 10% of equipment operators, for the ANOH Gas Project.
The gas project is projected to provide 300 standard cubic feet of gas per day for the domestic gas market in the state. It will sell 20,000 barrels per day of condensate to nearby Waltersmith Modular Refinery.
The completion of the testing phase 1 of the gas project was announced in early September by AOS Orwell Limited, an oilfield servicing company in Nigeria.