…commissions two oil, gas factories in Port Harcourt
As part of efforts to develop indigenous capacity in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), has revealed that about 9,000 service companies have been registered in the Nigerian oil and gas industry content joint qualification system (NOGIC-JQS).
Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Monday, on the backdrop of the unveiling of two new facilities oil and gas companies, owned by Uniterm Nigeria Limited, and Southwestern Technologies and Oilfield Services Limited both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
EnergyDay gathered that NCDMB operates the portal with the specific intent of having a database of all operators and service companies carrying out business in the oil and gas industry.
Wabote noted that the 9,000 service companies are offering diverse services including Engineering, Fabrication, Procurement, Drilling services, Logistics, Exploration, and Seismic services, Installation and Commissioning, Inspection and Testing, Project Management, Finance and Insurance, and many other functions to the industry.
The NCDMB Boss noted that Rivers State hosts the largest concentration of oil and gas service providers in Nigeria and commended the efforts of the state government for creating the enabling environment for businesses to grow within the city rather than relocate to other states.
He expressed delight that Nigerian oil and gas service companies have shown resilience and are steadily making their mark in the provision of top-notch services to the diverse clientele not only in the oil and gas industry but also in the hospitality industry.
Wabote said, “It is a fact that the Nigerian Oil and Gas Service companies play very crucial roles in the provision of services for the sustenance and growth of the Nigerian oil and gas industry”, he added.
He enjoined all stakeholders in the industry to remain committed and participate in the wave of opportunities to bring about credible institutions, competent individuals, and a prosperous economy.In his speech at the launch of the two companies in Port Harcourt on Friday, Wabote said, Uniterm Nigeria Limited, and Southwestern Technologies and Oilfield Services Limited demonstrated that Nigerian businesses have risen up to the challenge of growing their outfits and contributing to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
He noted that both companies are contributing to the goal of achieving 70 percent Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry by the year 2027, adding that Nigerian oil and gas service companies are pivotal to the provision of services for the sustenance and growth of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
“I am optimistic that the addition of the new Operational Base and office complex will further enhance the operational efficiency to provide superior service delivery to all its customers,” he said.Engr. Obioha Okoroafor, who is the Managing Director of Hobark International Limited and doubles as the chairman of Uniterm Nigeria and Southwestern Technologies applauded the Board for all the giant strides it had achieved since inception, which has helped to grow Nigerian Content for the oil and Gas sector and other sectors of the economy in-country.
Mr. Austin Omobhude, Managing Director/CEO, Uniterm Nigeria Limited, reeled out various services provided by the company and commended the NCDMB for the unusual support for Nigerian businesses to grow and ensure industries comply with the Local Content Law.
Engr. Chris Idisi, Managing Director/CEO, Southwestern Technologies and Oilfield Services Limited, described the Board as the platform that enables local companies to build capacities in the oil and gas industry. He added that the Nigerian Content Act has developed capacities to provide new and improved services in-country.