While International Oil Companies and other stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas sector have shown appreciable commitment in the implementation of the local content policy, Chevron Nigeria Limited commitment to Nigerian Content development has remained epic, Oge Obi writes
Chevron Nigeria Limited is known for its pacesetting role in different areas of its operations in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. With integrity as its leading business principle, it has not only remained visionary in its approach but has distinguished itself with various programmes aimed at empowering Nigerians to acquire oil and gas technology and build indigenous capacity to service the oil and gas industry.
And as Nigeria progresses in its quest to acquire oil and gas technology and build indigenous capacity to service the oil and gas industry, one company that had imbibed the Local/Nigerian Content Development philosophy well before the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD Act) was enacted by the Government, is Chevron. Just as International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other companies are expected to play an active role in Nigerian Content Development (NCD) in the industry, CNL, Operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/CNL Joint Venture, is at the fore front of promoting Nigeria’s ideals of economic and social development. Over the years, the company has continued to add value and partner with Nigeria as it commits itself to the vision of being “the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance”.
With strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders, “CNL plays an active role in the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), working closely with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and legislators on NCD issues.” The IOC’s four-prong approach to NCD is said to be inspired by its commitment to ensure that “Nigerian entrepreneurs (both at the community and state levels) acquire the right competencies and capabilities to compete for business opportunities with their contemporaries at national and international levels. The approach includes: selection of qualified local contractors; facilitation of partnerships and alliances between indigenous companies and foreign firms; capacity building; and
According to the Chairman/Managing Director, CNL, Jeff Ewing, “At Chevron Nigeria Limited, we demonstrate our commitment to the socio-economic development of Nigeria by building mutually-beneficial partnershi
Despite its leading role in local content development in Nigeria, Chevron has remained resolute in the implementation of NOGCD Act in various areas which include human capacity development, facility fabricat
On human capacity development, Orient Energy Review checks revealed that Chevron has among others completed construction training for 161 Nigerians on welding, fabrication and craft at Nigerdock facility, Snake Island, Lagos for its Sonam Development Proj
“The training also included two visits to manufacturing plants in France and Norway. And currently, the OIC is training six young Nigerian Engineers in subsea engineering at FMC Technologies facility, Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) Onne, Rivers State. In addition, five Nigerian Engineering graduates sponsore
Amongst CNL’s numerous accomplishments in hu
On fabrication, construction and installation, Chevron is said to have facilitated the assembly by FMC Technologies of the first assembled-in-Nigeria Subsea Horizontal Xmas Tree and the fabrication in Nigeria of Agbami production manifolds for the Agbami Phase 3 Project by FMC Technologies/Aveon Offshore Nigeria Limited. Chevron also facilitated the safe, timely and successful installation of subsea equipment like flexible flowlines, umbilicals and jumpers on Agbami Phase 3 project by a Nigerian Contractor – Marine Platforms Limited.
The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote in his remarks during the recent passing out ceremony of earth science graduate-interns that were trained by Chevron highlighted the IOC’s NCD achievement and said, “In terms of fabrication, Chevron has done a lot. I am sure you heard about the Sonam project which was done in Nigeria. A lot of the fabrication happened here, a lot of the engineers that were on that project are Nigerians. You also hear about the pipeline project Chevron is currently executing – the contractors are Nigerians and most of the vessels that are deployed for that project are owned by Nigerians. So, I think human capacity development–wise they (CNL) have done a lot on fabrication as well as logistic services and trickling that down to community participation in their operations.
“CNL has a very robust system which I think the rest of industry should try to emulate which is the GMoU process. That has been a game changer in the community/IOC relationship. They started it and I am sure other companies like Shell, Agip and others have also latched on to the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU). So, the contribution haOn fabrication, construction and installation, Chevron facilitated the assembly by FMC Technologies of the first assembled-in-Nigeria Subsea Horizontal Xmas Tree and the fabrication in Nigeria of Agbami production manifolds for the Agbami Phase 3 Project by FMC Technologies/Aveon Offshore Nigeria Limited. Chevron also facilitated the safe, timely and successful installation of subsea equipment like flexible flowlines, umbilicals and jumpers on Agbami Phase 3 project by a Nigerian Contractor – Marine Platforms Limited. s been phenomenal and I think we can break that down even into value that is domiciled in-country in terms of amount of money that is spent on projects and number of Nigeria contractors that have benefitted from Chevron’soperations. I think the testimony is endless I must say. So, I think that Chevron is perhaps a shining star amongst a lot, Wabote posited.
Industry checks has shown that Chevron’s commitment to Nigerian Content development did not start today. “The Agbami project set industry standards by fabricating more than 10,000 tonnes of steel with Nigerian fabrication companies, the highest ever recorded in Nigeria. Chevron also trained 105 Nigerian engineers from 21 engineering companies in South Korea. The Escravos Gas Project (EGP) has employed over 1,800 Nigerians and sourced millions of Dollars’ worth of services (engineering, procurement, fabrication, marine etc.) locally.
“Also, the Escravos Gas-to-Liquids (EGTL) project
Reaffirming Chevron’s commitment to the NOGICD Act as part of its support for local capacity building, the Chairman/Managing Director said, “We will continue to empower Nigerian service providers and suppliers through: human and business capacity development; local patronage and work scope allocation; fostering of business partnerships and sponsorship of research and development programmes to enhance the capacity of indigenous companies to participate in the oil and gas industry.”