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Delta journalist in water production business

By Harris-Okon Emmanuel  -  Correspondent, Warri   Water also chemically called H2O is vital for all known forms of life.  It is believed that only 2.5 per cent of the…

It is tough handling social issues – Maigida

Blessing Maigida, the Edo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development is an articulate and intelligent woman. In this chat with Special Correspondent, ISAAC OLAMIKAN, she speaks about the…

UNN Alumni to collaborate with alma mater

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu  /  Correspondent Awka   The University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) has pledged to collaborate with its alma mater to reposition the institution to an enviable height.…

Shell: Leveraging on Egba Clamps to boost local content

By Igoniko Oduma  /  Correspondent, Yenagoa   One of the vital steps so far taken by the Federal Government to encourage indigenous firms’ participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector…

Police on alert at eastern ports

By Godwin Egba –  Special correspondent, Port Harcourt   The Commissioner of Police in-charge of Eastern Ports Police Command, Mr. James Olatunji Caul-crick, has said the command is leaving no…

Firm embarks on airstrip project in Eteo

By Godwin Egba –  Special correspondent, Port Harcourt    An international port terminal and property development giant, PRODECO Limited, operating in Onne oil and gas free zone, Rivers State, has…

By Igoniko Oduma Correspondent, Yenagoa One of the vital steps so far taken by the Federal Government to encourage indigenous firms’ participation in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector is the enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010. Previously known in informal circles as ‘Local Content Bill’, President Goodluck Jonathan signed it into law in April 2010. He performed that task as the then acting President of the country. Jonathan had expressed confidence at the signing ceremony that the new law would promote local participation in the oil and gas industry. “This bill seeks to address the compelling need for us as a nation to have indigenous participation in the industry”, he stated. Section 1 of the Act states that the law “Shall apply to all matters pertaining to Nigerian content in respect of all operations or transactions carried out in or connected with the Nigerian oil and gas industry”. It further emphasised in Section 2 that “All regulatory authorities, operators, contractors, sub-contractors, alliance partners and other entities involved in any project, operation, activity or transaction in the Nigerian oil and gas industry shall consider Nigerian content as an important element of their overall project development and management philosophy for project execution”. As expected, some indigenous firms had been trying their best to take advantage of the instrumentality of the law to actively participate in oil and gas activities to produce in-country products that would serve the needs of oil and gas majors in the industry. One of such indigenous firms is Egba Split Clamps Limited, which, for the first time in the country, produced clamps to prevent oil leakages in pipelines. It is believed that this innovation, which had been certified by relevant standards organisations, would go a long way to help in the edging of frequent pipeline leakages recorded by international oil companies, especially in the Niger Delta region. The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) discovered the Effurun, Delta State-based Egba Split Clamps Limited in 2009 during its ‘Local Content Day Exhibition’ in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Recently, the indigenous company took its exhibition to the headquarters of the Nigerian Content Development Management Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. In his presentation, Managing Director of Egba Split Clamps Limited, Joseph Okpro, said it was the desire of the company to be the first choice in Nigeria and West Africa in the design and manufacture of standard split-sleeve clamps and provision of clamping services in the oil and gas industry. Okpro said the clamps were targeted at oil companies as well as international market to solve the problems associated with pipeline leakages. He stated that after the Port Harcourt exhibition, Shell developed sufficient interest in the company and provided sponsorship until it received wide acceptability in the country’s oil and gas sector. He noted that Shell took the initiative because of the enormity of resources required to manufacture clamps in the country. He said Shell sponsored the production of some clamps and ensured that the company got the necessary certifications it needed to be well received in the industry. He said he was delighted that since the exhibition, the company, with 37 staff strength, had made remarkable progress to develop manufacture procedures and design calculations of the split-sleeve clamps. “The SPDC is currently sponsoring the company’s professional certification to international standards. “We are certain that upon completion of the certification process, Egba Split Clamps Limited will produce high quality clamps fit for use in the oil and gas industry”, he said. Okpro stated that although the company, at present, lacks the capacity to accommodate interns, it was committed to providing product and sales that would enhance and optimise the clients’ performance. “The demand for clamps is high. Before now, clamps were imported. Only Shell has been patronizing us”, he explained. He said the company was out to fill a huge void in the oil sector, adding that currently, there was no indigenous manufacturer of pressure-containing clamps in Nigeria and that the IOCs have had to depend on imported clamps. Okpro said: “ESCL understands the demands of the industry and used their combined talents to ensure the provision of fast, responsive and dependable services to clients. “As part of the Nigerian content development policy, the company shall train Nigerian personnel to acquire more knowledge and technical expertise on every aspect of our operation. “We can take care of 35 per cent of industry needs and requirements but we have road map to close the 65 per cent gap existing.We shall only make use of foreign materials and services where it is not available in the local environment. “Our sub-contractors and suppliers shall be from the Nigerian environment except where it is not applicable or found to affect our standard of product.” He commended the Federal Government for putting in place the enabling environment which made it possible to produce the machines. The managing director, who confessed it was capital-intensive to manufacture the machines, appealed to the NCDMB to assist his firm and encourage other oil companies to leverage on the clamps for their pipeline protection. In his remarks, Shell’s General Manager, Igo Weli, represented by the company’s Head of Nigerian Content Development, Oshikhena Ojior, explained that the SPDC supported Nigerian content development because it would enable it to do business cost-effectively. He further highlighted the importance of the clamps to the industry and assured of Shell’s continued support towards ensuring the machines achieved the required standards to meet internal certification. “We in Shell believe that the support will make us do our business in more cost-effective manner. It is indeed, business imperative. “The clamp is like a temperature measure that any pipeline that is ruptured can stop. It acts basically like bandage which prevents leakages of pipeline. These machines have been proved to be effective. “Our aspiration is that as long as Shell exists, we will support our local vendors. Shell has given support to ensure that the required standards are met and to get internal certification. We have placed more orders for the clamps”, Weli said. Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Ernest Nwapa, lauded Egba Split Clamps Limited for “passing the test”. While assuring of the board’s willingness to guarantee the company to enable it access loans from the banks, Nwapa noted that the breakthrough was worth celebrating in Nigeria. He equally advised the company to look beyond the Nigerian market and requested it to avail the agency of the manufacturing process of the clamps. “We are not business men but we will assist you to drive the process. This is an initiative that Nigerians are proud of. “However, in Africa, Nigeria is a signatory to ECOWAS protocols trade agreement. To this end, you must not limit your business to Nigeria but to extend it to other African countries. I am sure your products are needed there”, Nwapa said.

Ogbaland oil spill: NOSDRA  assures of speedy clean up  By Godwin Egba  -  Special Correspondent, Port Harcourt    The Chairman, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Major Lancelot…

Walson-Jack to enhance welfare of youths

By Godwin Egba  -  special correspondent, Port Harcout   Governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Nimi Walson-Jack, has pledged to implement an education policy that is focused on improving the learning…

Bayelsa govt restates commitment to complete Central Senatorial road

Bayelsa govt restates commitment to complete Central Senatorial road

By Igoniko Oduma  Correspondent, Yenagoa   The Bayelsa State government has restated its commitment to completion of the Central Senatorial Road from Yenagoa, the capital, to Ukubie on the fringes…

Govt sensitises NYSC members on Ebola disease

By Igoniko Oduma  Correspondent, Yenagoa   Bayelsa State government has urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to join other Nigerians in “fighting the Ebola virus like a…

Benin firms laud NAFDAC

By Francis Onoiribholo  Bureau Chief Benin    Owners of water packaging outfits in Benin, the Edo capital, have commended the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)…

Lawmaker warns LG boss over attack on first lady

By Godwin Egba  Special Correspondent, Port Harcout   The lawmaker representing Ogu/Bolo in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Evan Bipi, has lampooned the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Eleme Local…

Igbei community protests govt takeover of land

By Jude Ehebha  -  Special Correspondent Ekpoma   Inhabitants of Igbei community in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State on Thursday took to the streets to protest…

Ibru emerges Ughelli North LG PDP flag bearer

By Sam Akadoro   –  Special Correspondent Sapele   Kenneth Kesiena Ibru, the last elected executive council chairman of Ughelli North, has emerged PDP’s flag bearer for Ughelli North Council…

WHARC trains pharmacists on abortion management

By Francis Onoiribholo  -   Bureau Chief Benin   Following the increasing cases of abortion in the country, the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) has organised training for pharmacists…

Oshiomhole gets commendation from aide

By Francis Onoiribholo  -  Bureau Chief Benin   Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has been described as a democrat and a patriotic Nigerian who is very courageous and unwavering even…

WAEC maths failure and need for improved private sector involvement

Idongesit Ashameri   –  Correspondent, Uyo   The recent release of result for its May/June 2014 examinations by the Nigerian National Office (HNO) of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) According…

Obazele tasks public servants on writing skills

By Francis Onoiribholo  Bureau Chief Benin The Head of Service, Edo State, Mr. Igbaekemen Jerry Obazele, has challenged officers in the employment of Edo State to develop their writing skills. Obazale…

Edo Line workers blast PDP chieftain, back Adun

By Francis Onoiribholo Burau Chief Benin Workers of Edo Line have re-affirmed their confidence in the leadership of Chief John Osamede Adun JP, the Ayobahan of Benin Kingdom, and a…

Lawmaker cautions Ndokwa youths against violence

By Felix Igbekoyi Correspondent, Asaba THE Deputy Chief Whip of Delta State House of Assembly, Friday Osanebi, has advised youths of Ndokwa nation to continue to maintain peace and shun violence…

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