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NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

This is because NCDMB, NLNG targets 10,000 jobs as they rollout Nigerian Content Plan. As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) have signed the Nigerian Content Plan (NCP) for the NLNG Train 7 project. This agreement  is expected to bring about 10,000 jobs by utilizing Nigeria’s huge natural gas reserves. The agreement has been signed in Abuja. Business and job opportunities by this project will include those for logistics, equipment leasing, insurance, hotels, office supplies, aviation and haulage. Certainly, by this, NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

Signing the Document:

Our correspondent gathered that NCDMB’s Executive Secretary Simbi Kesiye Wabote and the Managing Director of NLNG, Tony Attah, signed the NCP in Abuja at the weekend. In fact, the ceremony was witnessed by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total and ENI senior offiial – shareholders of the NLNG.

NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

Furthermore, the Train 7 project’s expected to expand NLNG’s production capacity by 35 % from 22 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 30 mtpa. At full capacity,Train 7 project’s projected to provide direct, indirect and induced employment for over 10, 000 persons.

In continuation, Kesiye stressed that Train 7, like other forthcoming major projects in the oil and gas sector, will leave a legacy facility, just like Total’s Egina deepwater, which catalysed the development of FPSO integration facility in Lagos.

In fact, the expected job explosion from Train 7 is banked on Nigerian Content Plan. This provides for 100% engineering of all non-cryogenic areas in-country. The total in-country engineering man-hour set at 55 per cent, which exceeds the minimum level stipulated in the NOGICD Act, in line with Board’s resolve to push beyond the boundary of limitations.

In addition, Wabote said the Train-7 scope will deliver 100 per cent in-country fabrication of the Condensate Stabilisation Unit, pipe-racks, flare system, and non-cryogenic vessels. Site civil works on roads, piling, jetties and will also keep local businesses occupied.

NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

Economic Opportunities:

In his words, Wabote said: “It will also provide great opportunities for utilisation of local goods and services in addition to enhancing and developing new capacities and capabilities for the local supply chain.

“There will be 100 percent local procurement of all LV cables and HV cables, all non-cryogenic valves, protective coatings, and all sacrifice anodes. 70 per cent of non-cryogenic pumps & control valves’ll be assembled locally in-country.”

He added that other spin-off opportunities will include logistics, equipment leasing, insurance, hotels, office supplies, aviation and haulage.

In addition, Wabote pointed out that the increased number of NLNG Trains would also provide huge business opportunities for local businesses to build capabilities in the maintenance of LNG plants, especially in cryogenics.

Therefore, the project will also catalyse other upstream gas supply projects required to keep the LNG train busy and make stranded gas fields in the shallow and deep offshore in the area economical.

NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

In continuation, Attah confirmed that the full value network of the Train 7 project was about $12 billion, including the net cost of the project, estimated in the region of $4 billion to $5 billion and a similar additional spend at its operational base in Bonny, Rivers State.

“It’s also about the upstream development, which is the real gas that will come to us. That also is a huge investment of $5 to $6 billion. So, potentially, the full value network’s almost $12 billion,” he said.

NCDMB & NLNG Creates 10,000 Jobs Through Nigerian Content Plan

In conclusion, Attah said the Nigerian Content Plan for Train 7 contained clear and robust Local Content provisions that re significantly higher than the previous NLNG projects.

Therefore, he said: “NCDMB and NLNG re fully aligned to collaborate during the operationalisation of the plan.  This synergy will ensure that value added opportunities for Nigeria re indeed maximised and the Train 7 project is delivered to meet international standards of quality and safety.”

He also stated that, NLNG shareholders’ve been primed to take Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project before end of last Quarter of 2019.

The NLNG chief highlighted that the expected increase in the production capacity of LNG “will reinforce the company’s comparative and competitive advantage in the global LNG market while also increasing the country’s revenue and foreign investment profile.

Economic Growth:

Overall, he stated, “This’s in addition to moving the nation’s economy from oil-based to becoming a gas-based economy to be reckoned with globally. We re here to enable gas. Nigeria has ridden on the back of oil for more than 50 years. It’s now time to fly on the wings of gas.”

This is a robust Local Content provisions project that presents great employment, and business opportunities to Nigerians. It’s actually one that will promote foreign direct and local investments that will promote Nigerian economy and earn foreign exchange that would  grow the economy.

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