………Partners IOCs in Gas Parks

The executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, has disclosed that the board is partnering with some international operating oil and gas companies to develop the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGaPs).

Wabote who made this known while speaking at the Nigerian Content Sensitization Programme for Law Enforcement Agencies, recently organised by the board in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital said that the oil and gas companies include Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Exxon Mobil Nigeria and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).

The ES confirmed that the international oil and gas companies have made significant investments in support of the ongoing NOGaPS project.

According to Wabote, the sensitization was to strengthen the existing collaboration between the board and various law enforcement organizations and sister agencies and leverage their expertise and partnership to accelerate Nigerian content compliance in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Wabote further explained that while Shell funded the provision of power and utility cables deployed at the oil and gas park located at Emeyal -1, Bayelsa State, Exxon Mobil provided the electrical infrastructure for the park at Odukpani in Cross River State.

Similarly, NAOC had earlier partnered with the Board to develop the 10-megawatts gas power plant that would supply electricity to the Bayelsa park when completed.

The NCDMB boss further noted that the board had earlier signed an agreement with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) to establish a gas-fired power plant at the Odukpani park to provide the park with constant power supply.

He maintained that the power facility will be ready before the end of this year which would probably correspond with the time the Emeyal-1 and Odukpani parks would be completed.

The ES also disclosed that the board had started inviting interested manufacturing companies and other firms to apply for spaces in the parks.

The parks would have dedicated power supply and shared services as they were conceived to domicile equipment components manufacturing in-country to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry and sectoral linkages as well as create jobs for unemployed youths in the country.

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