The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has agreed to collaborate with Dangote Industries Limited in the construction of the company’s 650,000 barrels per day refinery.
The Dangote Group also pledged, among others, to use local service firms for fabricating modules, pipe coating as well as the supply of paints and cables. In addition, Dangote and the Content Board are to hold technical meetings and tour the project site to examine other content opportunities on it.
The deal was sealed in Lagos when the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, led a team from the Board to meet with the management of Dangote Group, led by the President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
Responding to the presentation made by the Executive Secretary outlining Content capacities and how they can contribute to the refinery, Joseph Makoju, the Honorary Adviser to the President, Dangote Group, confirmed that “there are a number of opportunities for collaboration. We want to partner with you and we hope to have mutually beneficial relationships”.
Makoju noted that the company planned to set a record on local content with the petrochemicals plant, which would be biggest single train refinery in the world.
He identified the Dangote Academy as another platform for collaboration, especially as the Academy’s focus will be expanded beyond the cement industry to include the petroleum industry and other key sectors that the Group operates in.
Wabote praised Dangote for investing in manufacturing across various sectors of the economy and creating employment for Nigerians. He expressed confidence that the company’s foray into the downstream sector of the petroleum industry would revolutionise the sector and reverse the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum products.
The NCDMB chief told the Dangote team that the implementation of Nigerian Content Act in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry had developed huge capacities that should be leveraged for the refinery project.
He advised the company to visit the oil and gas service firms to verify their capacities and contract them in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Content Act, which mandates patronage of facilities in-country.
Wabote clarified that companies operating in the downstream sector were not mandated to remit one percent of their contract sums to the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF).
On the company’s plan to train local personnel who would run the refinery, the Executive Secretary suggested that the trainees be picked from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS), which has database of Nigerians with various competencies in the oil and gas sector.
He asked the Dangote Group to engage the Oil and Gas Trainers Association (OGTAN) because its members had the capacity to provide some of the training being envisaged by the company for their new employees.
Source: The Nation