18 November 2016, Lagos – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company and its co-venturers, ExxonMobil, Total and Eni, have donated facilities including a modern test laboratory to the Nigerian Institute of Welding at Imasabor-Ologbo, Benin City, to boost the development of welding technology in Nigeria.
According to a statement, the laboratory is for non-destructive test and destructive test of materials, enabling users to obtain computerised information on materials tested.
Okunbor, who was represented by the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, SPDC, Mr. Chiedu Oba, said Shell Companies in Nigeria were committed to Nigerian content development and would continue to pursue opportunities to develop and deploy more locally manufactured products in their operations.
The SNEPCo’s Managing Director, Mr. Bayo Ojulari, commended NAPIMS, the co-venturers, the NIW and the community for their support in the implementation of the project.
The Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr. Patrick Oba, said the effective collaboration among the different companies and organisations showed that Nigerian content could only be developed in the industry if all stakeholders worked together to achieve set objectives.
The President, NIW, Mr. Solomon Edebiri, thanked SNEPCo and her co-venturers “for this great service to our country”.
He appealed for more support for effective utilisation of the NIW in the promotion of welding technology and practice in Nigeria.
According to the statement, SNEPCo agreed to support the promotion of welding technology through the NIW after it applied for waivers from the NCDMB for Welding Procedure Specification and/Weld Qualification Tests due to the dearth of such capacity at that time.
Among other facilities, SNEPCo provided utilities – power and water, internal roads and perimeter fencing at the Nigerian Institute of Welding, the statement added