The establishment of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Act establishing it Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act by the Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is truly transforming the oil, gas and energy sector of Nigerian economy, particularly rippled developmental infrastructure it has brought to the host communities.
The present Executive Secretary of the board Engr. Simbi Wabote has being playing a pivotal role to this developmental giant stride. Recognizing this unprecedented feat is the former Minister of State for Energy and current chairman of Nigeria LNG Board, King Edmund Daukoru in a recent event poured encomiums to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for the effective implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and the huge impact it had made on the economy particularly the host state, Bayelsa.
King Edmund Daukoru expressed his unreserved eulogies to the activities of NCDMB in Bayelsa during the groundbreaking ceremony of a 64,000 litres per day lubricants blending plant being developed at Gbarain, Bayelsa State by ERASKON Nigerian Limited in partnership with the NCDMB.
King Daukoru, Amayanabo of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State, former Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Group Managing Director of NNPC, in his speech stated that Engr. Wabote via NCDMB has transforming Bayelsa state into a haven for value addition in the oil and gas industry and changing its reputation of just being a base for commodity export, with no industrial base.
The ERASKON lubricants blending plant facility will produce approximately 64,000 litres of lubricants per day and more than 20million liters of products a year, making it one of the largest lube plants in the country, with the capacity to serve the Niger Delta region and beyond.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that the partnership with ERASKON was in line with the Board’s mandate of developing local manufacturing capacity citing Section 70(h) of the NOGICD Act of 2010 which mandates the Board to assist local contractors and Nigerian companies to develop their capabilities and capacities to further the development of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry.
Other laudable developmental projects brought into Bayelsa State by Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote through deliberate domiciliation of strategic oil and gas projects and capacities include; the 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) Azikel modular refinery and the 2,000bpd Atlantic modular refinery, Rungas composite LPG cylinder manufacturing facility at Polaku, the oil and gas industrial park at Emeyal-1 and the Board’s 17-story headquarters building.
Others are the partnership with a core investor and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd for the development of 10,000metric tonnes per day methanol production plant in Brass, the development of the Brass Island Shipyard to domicile the repair and maintenance of vessels and LNG carriers and the partnership with NNPC and a core investor for the development of a coastal petroleum products terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State as well as the construction of the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre in Ogbia LGA of the state in collaboration with PTDF, Shell, and the Bayelsa State Government. The ERASKON lubricants blending plant facility is co-located with the Shell Gas processing facility, Azikel Refinery, the 550MW National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) and the transmission station as well as the NCDMB Gas Park making the area an industrial hub which is quietly emerging along the River Nun corridor in the Niger Delta.
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