Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has successfully concluded hands-on training for a group of fresh graduates to prepare them for employment and field exposure in the oil and gas sector.
The programme which benefitted Nigerian engineering and geosciences students was supported by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and partners in the joint venture operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Limited.
PETAN, a group of indigenous oilfield service companies, has consistently advocated skills development the petroleum sector as the basis for sustainable local content development in the petroleum industry.
The development came as Shell incidentally performed the ground-breaking ceremony of its Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) domestication initiative.
Under the initiative, the manufacturers and their Nigerian partners have been allocated land to set up local assembly plants and service centers at the Shell Industrial Area in Port Harcourt.
Shell plugged into the internship programme in 2014 to support manpower development in critical disciplines, equip graduates with vital industry experience for employment.
The company stated that it would continue the support s with another batch of 40 graduates who are also attached to 20 PETAN companies.
In an address at the ceremony, Managing Director of the SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said: “I’m pleased at the successful completion of the programme by the first batch of 40 graduates who worked with 12 PETAN member companies. I’m even more pleased that, as envisaged, a number of them have been employed by the partner companies and others.”
The MD was represented by SPDC’s General Manager, Projects, Toyin Olagunju.
Senior Procurement Manager, Shell Upstream Nigeria, Guy Kent, said: “We are committed to developing Nigerian capability not because it feels good, but because it also makes good business sense. The partnership with PETAN is about giving the right people the chance to learn and actually start to contribute to the industry. It is the first rung of the ladder of development.”
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) represented by the Deputy Manager Human Capital Development, Mrs Michele Aiyegbusi, commended the SPDC JV for the internship initiative.