The Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa has chaired the 12th edition of the PSRG – Richardson PSRG-Richardson Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) Forum that had a clear intent of charting a future for Nigerian local content.
The theme of the forum was Nigerian Content Development: Facing the Future.
At the virtual Forum held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Eng. Musa stated: “The Forum has become a veritable platform for stakeholders in the industry to reflect on topical themes while paying due attention to our industry’s pivots, namely Health, Safety, Security, and the Environment. It is obvious that we cannot be responsible players in the industry if we do not pay adequate attention to these elements.”
The DMD further said: “Our contributions to Nigeria’s economic development have been very prominent with our deep offshore developments where we demonstrated trail-blazing technological expertise in OFON, USAN, and EGINA. The deepwater Egina field is today, adding 200,000 barrels of oil per day to Nigeria’s production. The EGINA FPSO is the largest in the TOTAL Group and the first to be fabricated and integrated in Nigeria with 77% engineering man-hours done in-country. Designed for 25 years of operations, the Egina field guarantees a promising future for the country.”
He gave Total’s commitment to the development of local capacities and affirmed that, “we will continue to work with all stakeholders including yourselves and especially the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NDMB) to ensure the sustainable economic development of Nigeria.” The DMD was represented by the Executive General Manager, Operations Support Services, Mr. Alex Aghedo.
In his presentation on the theme, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote who was represented by Mr. Patrick Obah remarked that: “Recent events have disrupted the global supply chain thereby creating supply gaps for nations. Local content is essential to mitigate such disruptions so we should be prepared, and we need the collaboration of everybody.” Mr. Obah further explained the board’s 10-year strategic roadmap.
Other guest speakers that charted the way for the future of local content in the country were the Executive Director, Bank of Industry, BOI, Mr. Simon Aranonu; Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCo, Mr. Bayo Ojulari; President Nigerian Environmental Society, Dr. Dorothy Bassey; Vice Chairman, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, Mr. Ranti Omole and the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Ms. Anike Odunlami.
Some of the participants at the forum received the Nigerian Content Development Star awards. Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa was given an award of excellence for leading the deepwater district on the Egina project to an unprecedented level of local content achievement which has set the pace for other companies in the oil and gas sector and further.
Other awardees were Engr. Simi Wabote, MD BOI, Mr. Olukayode Pitan, Mr. Bayo Ojulari and PETAN.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Oil & Gas Limited, Mr. Akin Osuntoki/ Forum convener, appreciated all participants: “We wish to acknowledge the passion, energy and contributions of the recipients of this first award. It is our belief that this recognition and award will spur them to do more.”
Total staff participated in the virtual forum.