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Lonadek Nigeria Limited, a firm of local content consultants, confirms that the company has been engaged by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and CNL- NNPC/CNL JV- to implement a comprehensive, robust, collaborative and multi-stakeholder Human Capacity Development Initiative (HCDI) in Drilling and Completions. This is in compliance with the requirements of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, 2010 (NOGICD Act) and relevant guidelines of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) aimed at ensuring that primary consideration is given to Nigerians with respect to employment and training during the execution of projects. Therefore, CNL and Lonadek Nigeria Limited organized a collaborative HCDI workshop titled: “Competency Development in Drilling and Completions: Challenges and Opportunities” to address the skills deficiency in Drilling and Completions (D&C) in Nigeria.
The workshop focused on competency development in D&C and was attended by various stakeholders including NCDMB, Bank of Industry (BOI), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), International Oil Companies (IOCs), service providers in the oil and gas industry, and associations such as the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) etc.
Issues discussed at the interactive workshop included: Drilling and Completions challenges and gaps, closing the gaps, competency development programs that Nigeria should run locally, Nigerian drilling talent management (locally and globally), harnessing and harmonizing local talents for sustainable development, maximizing and optimizing the available assets through local content development amongst others. Critical issues and ideas to curb the challenges relating to human capacity development and retention in the oil and gas sector with particular reference to D&C were also broadly discussed and roadmaps for improvement, up-skilling and development of local capacity were outlined. CNL’s efforts in developing local capacity for material supply that meets international standards were highlighted. An example is the value CNL is creating in Benue State through the significant investment in mining of barite. Limestone was also discussed as part of local material supply for drilling mud and cementing.
The interactive workshop with industry thought-leaders submitted the following recommendations and requirements:
The next step of the CNL initiative is to identify key stakeholders in the implementation phase whilst identifying the higher institutions of learning that are well-positioned, willing and available to be upgraded in to a world-class Centre of Excellence with a potential to be ranked as a top 100 Faculty within five years.