The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) yesterday said that it would be expending about $15 billion across 24 oil and gas projects in Nigeria in the next five years.
Speaking at 2nd Nigeria Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF), concluded in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Managing Director of Shell, Mr. Nosa Okunbor, who spoke on the need for Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities in the oil industry, also said that the oil giant would, in the next five years, surpass a 70 per cent target in the deployment of wholly Nigerian human and material resources to achieve its production benchmark.
The two-day programme was themed “Maximising Investment into the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry for the Benefits of the Nigerian People” and was organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) headquartered in Bayelsa.
“These remain exciting times for Nigeria as Shell along with its partners will be maturing several projects in support of Nigeria’s growth ambition.
“A cocktail of policies and the active support of government and its agencies like NCDMB have made these investments possible as industry continues to witness improved cycle times.
“We have an investment portfolio of over $15 billion over the next five years. Shell’s investments will bring huge benefits to the country and its people in terms of contracts and jobs” he said.
He added: “In addition to these, we are also maturing several sizeable projects planned to start within the next five years. Twenty eight projects covering export gas, domestic gas and oil projects spread across Deep Offshore, Shallow Water, Swamp and Land terrains.
“Benchmark for all these projects is to meet and where possible surpass the 70% Nigerian Content target. Employment opportunities are huge, not to mention the spin-off in allied services.”
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, noted that the event was to showcase opportunities in the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream sectors of the Petroleum Industry.
“It will help identify high impact activities with potential for in-country value addition and develop a five-year roadmap to ensure sustainable Nigerian Content Development,” he said.