The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, a foremost association of indigenous service companies has commended the pioneering role of Shell in the development of Nigerian content in the oil industry.
â€œMost of us have our roots here,â€ said the Chairman of the association, Bank Anthony Okoroafor, as he led a team on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Bayo Ojulari.
Â â€œThe relationship with Shell has given us the required foundation and encouragement and we are now in a position to add value to the operations of oil companies in Nigeria.â€
Â Â Okoroafor, who was elected the Chairman of PETAN in March 2016, said the members were on a familiarisation tour of international and national oil companies to brief them on the rebranding of the group that will see it play a more active role in the development of the oil and gas industry, â€œespecially at this time of cost pressures.â€
He said PETAN had created target groups to liaise with oil companies, including SNEPCo, and would like to contribute solutions to challenges on projects, cost and production.
Â He added: â€œPETAN is already working with SPDC on an internship programme where graduates learn skills on one-year attachments to our companies and it will be very good to do the same with SNEPCo.â€
In his remarks, Mr. Ojulari commended the role of PETAN in the development of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
He said: â€œThe new executive has come at a critical time in our industry. I would advise PETAN members to collaborate more effectively so they can present a unified front work that will be competitive in the global oil industry.â€
Â The SNEPCo MD was accompanied by his leadership team, who highlighted various areas of potential collaboration with PETAN, including project implementation, cost leadership and value-adding service to the industry.
Â Shell companies in Nigeria make a major contribution to developing the countryâ€™s human capital and contracting capacity.
Some 93per cent of contracts was awarded to Nigerian companies in 2015.
Shell companies in Nigeria won PETANâ€™s Local Content Operator of the Year awards in 2013 and 2015.