Nigeria Content Board concerned over Total’s Egina project

Ernest-Nwapa08 August 2013, Lagos – The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, said it is concerned about the implementation of the provisions of Nigerian Content Act in Total’s Egina field’s floating production, storage and offloading, FPSO, vessel project.

NCDMB, in a letter to the Managing Director of Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, highlighted the need for Total to advise Samsung Heavy industries, SHI, the company that won the contract to construct the FPSO, to comply strictly with the directives from the board on the packages (activities) that should be done in-country.

The Board stated that employment projections and capacity building, which it submitted to the government were based on the calculations anchored on the packages that should be carried out in Nigeria, which must not be thwarted.

The packages stipulated the quantum of jobs that should be done in different fabrication yards in the country depending on the facilities they have and competence. For instance, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, LADOL, was slated to carry out between 1,500mt and 3000mt worth of fabrication job but Samsung wants to do 10,000mt fabrication job there.

– Emeka Ugwuanyi, The Nation

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