Shell fosters Nigerian, Chinese business relationships to boost local content


More than 20 Nigerian and 60 Chinese suppliers have met in Shanghai, China on how to boost the capacity of indigenous vendors in the oil and gas industry, The Nation reports.

The event was sponsored by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo). Coming shortly after the fourth edition of the Global Nigerian Forum in Aberdeen, Scotland, the event offered the Nigerians an opportunity to engage their Chinese counterparts on issues, such as transfer of technology and cost leadership. The Nigerians also met some companies, among them, Neway valves, the world largest valve manufacturer, Sulzer Pumps, Hilong and MSP Drillex facilities, to deepen their appreciation of best practices.

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Tunde Adelana, challenged the Chinese to establish their presence in the Nigerian oil sector and compete with the other international companies that are taking the lead in major projects. The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) Vice Chairman Geoff Onuoha said: “We expect to see the birth of new joint ventures and collaboration between Nigerian and Chinese suppliers.”