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SPDC Wins Local Content Award at Offshore Technology Conference

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has received an award as the best company in Nigeria in the implementation of the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government. The honour, which was bestowed at the Offshore Technology Conference held last week in Houston, Texas, is in recognition of the pioneering role of the company in the introduction and implementation of the policy, aimed at building local capacity and capability in the industry.

The award was given by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), an organisation made up of indigenous companies rendering technical services in the Upstream and Downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. PETAN chairman Shawley Coker, commended SPDC for the “visible steps” taken to encourage the participation of indigenous companies in the industry.

SPDC’s General Manager Nigerian Content Development, Simbi Wabote, who was in Texas for the conference and award said: “We are happy at the recognition, and would continue with efforts to empower more Nigerian and community companies to render key services in the oil and gas industry.”

SPDC awarded contracts valued at $718 million to Nigerian contractors last year. Of this, some 52% of the contract value, representing $373 million, went to companies based in the Niger Delta.

Mr. Wabote said: “We are committed to developing Nigerian Content by partnering with local community contractors and gradually building their capacity. We believe by supporting both established and new contractors in the Niger Delta, they will grow to play leading roles in the provision of goods and services in the oil and gas industry.”

Under SPDC’s Community Content initiative Niger Delta contractors have built substantial capacity for the delivery of services in the areas of marine logistics, surveillance, civil construction, flowline construction, information technology and dredging. The focus now is to support community contractors to build additional capacity in engineering, fabrication, material procurement, supply of steel plates and sections, wells and drilling services as well as inspection and testing.

Mr. Wabote added: “SPDC’s Community Content initiative is designed to promote the use of human, material resources and services from local communities in the Niger Delta, without compromising quality, health, safety and environmental standards, in order to stimulate the development of the area.”