The management of Dangote refinery has agreed to select competent Nigerian vendors that would participate in the construction of the plant from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Joint Qualification System. This was disclosed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, on Monday.
The Nigerian Content Act applies to every player in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, and not just international companies. If Nigerian companies and investors procure everything from abroad, then the essence of the Act will be defeated.
A statement from the NCDMB said the Chief Operating Officer, Dangote Refinery Project, Mr. Giuseppe Surace disclosed that:
- Nigerian companies will get the first right of refusal. Anything that is available in Nigeria will be procured.
- There are several Nigerian content opportunities in the company’s refinery and gas-gathering projects but interested companies must submit competitive bids and have technical capabilities.
- The project is a private investment; hence, the strategy is to get the best quality anywhere in the world at the most competitive price.
- Local vendors are advised to quote reasonable prices when bidding for industry projects, rather than believe that they would win jobs because of the Nigerian Content Act, irrespective of expensive quotations they submit.
Surace said the company was committed to doing 650,000 barrels-per-day crude oil from the refinery project, which would be completed in October 2019.
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