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Why is Nigerian content development (NCD) important?

NCD is where value is added to, or created in, the Nigerian economy through the utilisation of Nigerian human and material resources and services without compromising quality, health, safety and environmental standards. SCiN believe that increased Nigerian content would help ensure steady and increased incomes and improved standard of living for Nigerians, particularly those in the Niger Delta.

We recognise the needs of our host communities’ contractors and suppliers and to ensure they receive the opportunity to tender for work. Furthermore, we seek to encourage and promote the development of Nigerian businesses and the transfer of technology from international contractors to Nigerian contractors.

Focused Implementation Framework and Core Elements Of NCD

In implementing Nigerian content development, SCiN has taken a structured approach that is underpinned by two core elements:

Increasing Nigerian Content

  • create employment and personal development opportunities for Nigerians
  • maximise the use of Nigerian manufactured goods & services
  • drive structured training & skill development for effective transfer of management and technical skills

Promoting growth of indigenous contractors’ base

  • sustainable development of Nigerian businesses as suppliers, sub-contractors & service providers
  • promote the contribution of our contractors to the development of the national industrial base beyond the Oil & Gas Industry

2015 NCD Performance

Below are some of the accomplishments that SPDC JV and SNEPCo have realised as part of their 2015 work plan:

  • Indigenous Asset Ownership: Two light marine vessels (LMVs) were transferred to the Nembe Field Logistics Base (FLB) to support offshore production operations
  • Local Manufactured Products: Certification and coding completed of Stud Bolts and Nuts made by Nigerian Machine Tools, for use in offshore operations
  • Human Capital Development: 50 students have benefitted from the Niger Delta Post Graduate Scholarship scholarships in UK Universities and the sixth batch of 10 students have started studies
  • Research & Development: Continued collaboration with University of Ibadan and University of Port Harcourt on research for locally produced Synthetic Base Fluids
  • Supplier Development: Commenced the second batch of Internship programmes with 40 Nigerian graduates attached to Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) companies in Port Harcourt and Lagos; Shell Contractors fund schemes have disbursed about $940 million to 220 vendors from its inception in 2012.
  • In 2016 the SCiN will build further on the work they have done in earlier years to develop indigenous capabilities in the country.

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture (SPDC JV) carried out exploration and production operations in Ogoniland from the 1950s to the early 1990s. Operations ceased in 1993 following a rise in violence, threats to staff and attacks on facilities. The SPDC JV has produced no oil or gas in Ogoniland since then.

Harnessing Gas

Since 2000 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has worked with its joint venture partners and the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the objective of ending the continuous flaring of associated gas.