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Our Nigerian Content strategy promotes the use of locally manufactured goods and Nigerian service companies in production operations, projects and well engineering. In recognition of this performance, Shell companies in Nigeria won the Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition’s award for ‘Excellence in Nigeria Content’ in 2011.
SNEPCo Managing Director, Chike Onyejekwe, congratulates Caverton Helicopters Chairman, Aderemi Makanjuola at the unveiling of the AW139 with Mr. Patrick Ekunwhe, Director of Airworthiness NCAA representing the DG NCAA looking on.
SPDC started its Indigenous Contracting Policy in 1998 and this has evolved into a Nigerian Content development strategy with the goal of facilitating the development of competencies, capabilities and competitiveness of Nigerian contractors. In this way, we strive to support Nigeria’s industrial development in line with our commitment to Sustainable Development.
In 2011, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) facilitated meetings between 100 Nigerian entrepreneurs and their British counterparts to explore partnership opportunities geared towards acquiring technologies required for service delivery in the high-end sector of the oil and gas industry supply chain. As a result of this initiative, a number of UK companies have opened hubs in Nigeria, contributing to a surge in foreign direct investment. An example is the Wood Group which opened an office with about 500 employees in Bonny, Rivers State in the Niger Delta.
SPDC and SNEPCo signed the biggest aviation contract yet between an independent Oil company in Nigeria and an indigenous aviation services company in 2011. The $630-million contract will enable Caverton Helicopters provide helicopter services for the onshore and offshore operations of the two companies, for an initial period of five years, renewable for another two years.
Today, it is worthy to note that:
- Caverton staff strength has increased from 120 to about 530
- Caverton now provides air logistics services to another company in West Africa - Cameroun Oil Transport Company
- Caverton has been appointed the regional service center for Augusto Westland, manufacturers of the AW139 helicopters
- Caverton has planned a five year (2012 – 2017) human capital development plan for Nigerian pilots and engineers
Manufacturing and development
In compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010, Shell-run companies provided technical support for the certification of a Nigerian pipe mill (the only Nigerian-owned pipe mill in the country) owned by SCC Nigeria Limited, Abuja. SPDC awarded the company a multi-million dollar contract to supply pipes for our major pipeline projects. We also sponsored and completed feasibility studies to establish other types of pipe mills in the country, thus increasing local capacity to produce pipes incountry.
Training and support
SPDC and SNEPCo continue to nurture talented young people by sponsoring research programmes in five Nigerian universities for core technical skills in geosciences. We offer sabbaticals and student internships at our offices in Port Harcourt to introduce new concepts in underground evaluation techniques, using the latest technologies. In addition to several thousand scholarships and bursaries that SPDC awards to students every year, we run the Shell Intensive Training Programme for graduate employees. This one-year course prepares new employees for the type of work they will perform when they join projects later. In 2011, 28 students graduated from this programme.