Mkpoikana Udoma 14 October 2015, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has called on all International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the country as well as the management of the local refineries to patronise indigenous oil services and procurement firms, to boost local content.
Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Kentebe, made the call at the official opening of the first ever indigenous Masoneilan Approved Repair Centre, MARC, in Onne, Rivers State.
The MARC, built by an indigenous oil procurement and engineering company, Manuex Company Nigeria Limited, is certified by GE Oil & Gas, for assembly, repairs, sizing and actuating of all valves.
Kentebe, represented by the Coordinator of Legal Services in the Board, Mr. Adetunde Adelana, commended GE Oil & Gas as well as Manuex Limited for the project, saying the innovation will save companies in the oil, gas and allied industries in Nigeria the cost of going overseas for major and minor repairs of valves, oil tools and other equipment.
“This project will be for the benefit of Nigeria in terms of training, employment and infrastructural development; for us (in NCDMB) this is of the things we have tried to push in the country, so that Nigerians can begin to play better roles in the oil and gas industry.
“I want to say here that the Board will do everything within our power to ensure that this facility is utilised to its full capacity,” he said.
Also speaking, the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Oil & Gas, Mr. Brian Palmer, who commissioned the facility, said, GE would continue to support technology, engineering and local entrepreneur in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Chairman and Managing Director of Manuex Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jide Ipinsagba, in an interview with SweetcrudeReports, said the centre would take care of the immediate needs of oil and gas companies in the area of fluid and flow technology.