Chuks Isiwu 28 April 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Following an intervention by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Total E&P Nigeria Limited has directed Hyundai Heavy Industries, HHI, a contractor on the NNPC/Total Joint Venture’s Ofon-2 Project, to ensure full compliance with all applicable provisions of the Nigerian Content Act.
While the relevant Ofon contracts was signed in 2007 before the Nigerian Content Act came into effect in 2010, Total supports the Nigerian Government aspirations in respect of Nigerian capacity development and increase of local content in the oil and gas sector.
Total has therefore directed HHI to significantly review the manning ratios to ensure the provisions of the Act are complied with. Following Total’s directive, HHI has increased Nigerian manning participation from 29% to 65%. 50 expatriate workers from HHI have been replaced by Nigerians and 50 additional positions have been created on the site to train Nigerian staff during the pre-start-up phase of the project.
The Total Group operates in over 130 countries around the world and Total and all contractors working for us are required to carry out all operations in a diligent and professional manner and in full compliance with, and respect for, all national laws and regulations.
Total said in a statement that it was committed to working with NCDMB and Total’s contractors to increase local capacity and to train workers for the up-coming projects in Nigeria.
“With a high ratio of Nigerian content over our major development projects over the last few years on Akpo and Usan and on the recently launched Egina project, Total and its partners are proud to be the leader in Nigerian Content development.
“We take the opportunity of the currently ongoing Nigerian Content Month to confirm our partnership with the Board to achieve the goals of the Government and people of Nigeria in this very important area of national development,” the company stated in the statement.