THE Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Joint Venture has awarded key marine services contracts to two Nigerian companies, as it continues with efforts to encourage the participation of indigenous firms in the oil and gas industry.
Under the contracts which were signed recently in Port Harcourt, both C & I Leasing PLC and Miden Systems Ltd will render marine tanker handling and pilotage services to crude export vessels at Bonny and Forcados terminals.
A key aspect of the contracts is the building of 11 marine tug boats which will secure tankers as they load crude oil at the two terminals. SPDCâ€™s Corporate Logistics Manager John Osi said:
â€œToday is the manifestation of our belief and faith in the capability of indigenous Nigerian companies, that they can take on more major contracts and assume larger roles in the oil and gas business. We are sure that the two companies are fully conscious of the dimensions of this opportunity; and that they will keep strictly to the terms of the contracts and execute them safely and efficiently.â€
Apart from providing marine tugs, the two companies will maintain associated crude loading facilities and undertake offshore terminal emergency response and surveillance. Group Managing Director of C&I Leasing, Emeka Ndu, and the Managing Director of Miden Systems Ltd, Mike Opene signed for their companies.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, the Director General of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Mrs. Ify Akerele said: â€œWe commend Shell for the laudable steps it has taken to encourage Nigerian content in the marine oil services. We see Shell as an advocate for greater participation of indigenous companies in the sector.â€
Last year, Shell-run companies in the country awarded contracts worth nearly $892 million to Nigerian firms, representing 85% of the total amount spent on contracts within the period.
The focus of Shell companies is on supporting Nigerians and Nigerian firms to improve their capacity in a range of oil and gas industry activities including, design, engineering, exploration and drilling,