Mid-way into a 10-year Strategic Road Map for enhanced indigenous participation and utilisation of local assets in oil and gas operations, industry regulator, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has recorded a 54 per cent Nigerian content level in 2022.
Presenting a status report at the 11th Practical Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the board and DMG Nigeria Events at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the executive secretary NCDMB, Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote, explained that, the average of Nigerian content performance in the last five years was 44 per cent which represents the period the 10-year Nigerian Content Strategic Roadmap has been implemented so far.
He indicated that the performance in 2022 is well above the 42 percentage target set by the Project Management Office (PMO), just like in 2021 when 42 per cent was achieved, above the target of 38 per cent.
He confirmed that tracking of the performance is based on the Board’s monitoring and evaluation of Industry activities.
Strikingly, the technical capability development pillar of the Road Map stands out as a major highlight as fabrication and construction, hitherto under near-total dominance by foreign firms, had 99 per cent Nigerian content during the period under review.
He further disclosed that 77 out of 96 initiatives under the short- and medium-term categories of the Road Map had been completed in November 2022.
He stated that manpower in the oil and gas industry had reached 81 per cent Nigerian content as of November, while project management as of that month was 80 per cent.
Zeroing in on year 2022, the executive secretary revealed that, ‘performance was largely driven by the contracts awarded under the [Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas] Train 7 Project.’
Low points in accomplishment were in procurement, engineering and services, with Nigerian Content as unimpressive as 34, 46, and 50 per cent respectively.
These, he assured, would be sufficiently addressed.
Technical data, cited by Engr. Wabote showed the capture of 12 new indigenous operators in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry, bringing the total to 97. In the service subsector, there were 1,303 new corporate entrants, raising the total to 9,532, while 22,512 individual registrations were recorded, bringing the total to more than 271,000.
The executive secretary informed stakeholders that the board has commenced the process of “allocation of serviced plots to manufacturers of equipment components, spares, and tools required in petroleum industry operations to kick start operations within its Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks(NOGAPS) industrial parks at Emeyal 1, Bayelsa State, and Odukpani in Cross River State,” assuring that, “construction work is also ongoing at the other NOGAPS parks in Akwa Ibom, Imo, Delta and Ondo States with Edo as the newest addition to the list.”
He commended the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Malam Mele Kyari, who had to fly in from Rabat straight to the conference in Uyo, for his commitment to NCDMB’s local content drive.
In his own remarks, the NNPC boss assured the nation that the effort to deepen utilisation of gas to drive industrialisation.
In his welcome address, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, expressed joy of the people of the State for the opportunity to host the PNC for a second time.
Represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, he stated the desire of the State to be considered in plans for oil and gas producing states.