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NCDMB lauds INTELS on capacity development

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Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote of NCDMB

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, has commended INTELS Nigeria Limited for developing the Onne Free Zone into what he called “a world class facility”.

Speaking shortly after touring the expansive Onne Free Zone in Rivers State, Wabote also commended the various companies that invested and are operating at the facility.

The NCDMB boss said: “We came here not just to visit INTELS but also to visit most of the companies operating within this facility. “We have seen FMC, Pipe Coaters, we also saw GE, One Subsea, AOL Orwell and a couple of others. I can tell you that it is a very impressive facility: you have a lot of clients here.

What I see from discussion and interaction with them, I see this facility as world class. I believe they all want to remain within this facility to continue their business. Because I don’t think there is any other facility in this country that can match what you have here; Which for me is mind blowing, a lot of us do not know what is here; we hear about Onne, we hear about INTELS, our perspective of Onne and INTELS is completely different. We didn’t think it could even measure up to NPA in Apapa Port, and the other ports in Lagos. This is quite significant; given the number of companies you have here, given the marine activities that are ongoing here.

“I am sure 95% of your clients are in the oil and gas industry, which is very important because you are also operating within the oil and gas Free Trade Zone. So it is a no-brainer to know that most oil and gas companies want to be here.”

The General Manager, Legal, INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mike Epelle, who led the team of top management staff that received the NCDMB boss, said INTELS remained fully committed to maximising, in a sustainable manner, the use of Nigerian human resources, materials, equipment and services in its operations without compromising the company’s values, quality, health, safety and environmental standards.

He said, “INTELS is resolute and committed to maximizing the participation of Nigerian businesses and local contractors in its operations in compliance with the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.”

Epelle also said the leading oil and gas logistics giant takes all reasonable measures to meet requisite Nigerian Content levels in its operations.

“INTELS implements the job owners approved Nigerian Content Plan without compromising the intent of achieving the best overall value for the project in terms of price, quality, efficiency, delivery and operating parameters,” he said.

Also speaking, Head of Administration and General Services of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Chibuisi Onyebueke, said the Onne Free Zone is a Federal Government facility developed and positioned by INTELS to play a major role in the development of the West African oil and gas industry, with a unique package of incentives and strategic advantages unrivalled throughout the rest of the sub-region.

He said the oil and gas Free Zones Act provides a wide range of incentives and other strategic benefits to investors operating within the Onne Free Zone, similar to those offered by other successful Free Zones throughout the world.


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