The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote urges oil firms to prepare for the full automation of operations at oil rigs.
He said this at the foundation laying ceremony of PE Energy Centre of Excellence at Trans Amadi Industrial Layout in Port Harcourt.
Mr. Simbi Wabote announced after inspecting the facilities under construction at the center, he stated that most oil industries employ about 100 people in each rig today.
He also added that the advancement of technology will influence the oil and gas industry and in the next ten to fifteen years, most rigs would run on full automation.
He called on indigenous firms in the industry to prepare for technological advancement and remain relevant.
He also recommended the management of PE Energy Limited for embarking on the automation and instrumentation aspect of operations, adding that the development was one of the achievements of local content in the oil and gas sector.
Wabote stated, “The President has been very clear in his commitment to creating that environment for industrialization, that vision for Nigerians to believe in Nigerians and to make Nigerians realize that they have more potentials than they can imagine.”
He added that “In the past month, we have opened more than 10 facilities in Lagos, Port Harcourt and elsewhere. It is because of that belief. It also fits well with our strategic growth plan that in 2027 we will have attained at least 70 percent local content in the oil and gas sector.
He also said, “Today, the borders are closed. It is also giving people the opportunity to invest in the agricultural sector. We started local content about ten years ago and that has created verve in Nigerians that they have a lot of opportunities in them.”
The Chief Executive Officer of PE Energy Limited, Daere Akobo, in his address, said the company was committed to changing the business landscape of Port Harcourt and Nigeria.