Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) to foster collaboration, develop in-country capacity and create specialised jobs for 20,000 skilled workmen and engineers in the industry.
The foremost Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN and the Nigeria Agip Exploration, NAE recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding bearing commitment to create jobs, close vendor gaps and promote the domiciliation of technology and skill transfer.
With an exhibition from 130 selected companies and a gathering of key stakeholders in the industry comprising the government, vendors, banks, contractors and subcontractors, Original Equipment manufacturers and investors, the engagement is the first between PETAN and NAE with promises for robust opportunities and better days ahead for the economy at large.
Among other things, the engagement sought to:
- Open up opportunities on anticipated projects in the deep offshore for vendors to identify
- and to position themselves appropriately;
- Address hitches faced by contractors and subcontractors through the entire process of
- tendering, and the eventual delivery of services to the IOC;
- Make room for tenderers to demonstrate capacity through presentations that they can carry out specific, highly technical jobs in country;
- Help subcontractors and contractors form new allies and to connect during networking sessions;
- Encourage the participation of Original Equipment Manufacturers;
- Have government witness another milestone achievement in the growth of the NOGICD Act;
- Give answers to some funding issues as there was ample opportunity for bankers to meet vendors and to find a common ground; and to
- Sign the binding Memorandum of Understanding.
A multiplier value addition is expected across other sectors of the economy as a result of this initiative. The agricultural industry, aviation, information technology and telecoms would inadvertently witness a positive rippling effect.
Through a similar initiative, PETAN companies across the country have flung its doors wide open to train young Nigerians via the recently launched PETAN/ SHELL internship program with NCDMB participation.The scheme provides a head start for inexperienced graduates of industryrelated courses. These engaged ‘green horns’ currently receiving specialised trainings could have remained unemployed were it not for the initiative of PETAN.
PETAN is reputed for organising Nigerian companies and delegates to attend Local and international conferences and exhibitions. These are avenues to showcase the best of Nigerian technologies already domesticated incountry. New technical partnerships are formed as a result of the exposures, additional skills are learnt, and vents are created for more advanced technologies transfer.
PETAN was formed in 1990 by a group of indigenous technical oilfield service companies with expertise in various upstream and downstream technologies ranging from well services and delivery, marine, subsea services, platform support, detailed engineering, fabrication and construction etc. Its main ethos is the acquisition of technologies in the oil and gas industry with an intent to improve the standard of service delivery, level of participation and to impact positively on the economy at large.
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Signing of the MOU
Identifying Gaps & Closure Delegates
PETAN Executives and Members
Nik C Odinuwe
PETAN Publicity Secretary