Shell donates subsea training facilities to UNIPORT offshore institute

Shell Nigeria has donated multimillion naira laboratory equipment and software packages to the Offshore Technology Institute of the University of Port Harcourt.

The donation comes as part of Shell’s Nigerian content human capital development programme delivered in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Speaking at the handover ceremony last Thursday, managing director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) Elohor Aiboni said, “The donations are aimed at strengthening advanced practical teaching and research in subsea engineering to give the students the required skills and competences for entry level jobs in the oil and gas industry.”

The facilities, valued at over $700,000, are in alignment with the human capacity development guideline of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

Mrs Aiboni, represented by SNEPCo’s social investment manager, Gloria Udoh, expressed optimism that with the level of investment by NNPC and SNEPCo in deep-water training via the establishment centres of excellence and donation of cutting-edge information and communication technology centres, among others, Nigerian oil and gas industry would surpass its local content aspiration earlier than projected.

“This investment anchored on the maintenance of subsea infrastructure on Nigeria’s pioneer deep offshore field, Bonga, is expected to develop and upskill the cognitive and technical abilities of students who pass through the Offshore Technology Institute for the ultimate benefit of our industry and of our country,” Aiboni added.

With the new laboratory and software packages, according to Aiboni, the Offshore Technology Institute is positioned to deliver effective training in engineering design; construction and installation of offshore and subsea structures; computer simulations; civil and construction tests; 3D printing/engravement capability; measurement/metering technology and robotics; alternative energy technologies; and data acquisition learning system.

UNIPORT vice-chancellor Prof. Onwunari Georgewill commended NNPC and SNEPCo with its co-venture partners for their goodwill to the university and particularly to OTI and canvassed more areas of collaboration between the university and its industry partners.

Executive secretary of NCDMB Simbi Wabote described the human capital initiatives of SNEPCo as commendable. “I commend your remarkable and consistent collaboration and partnership with the NCDMB towards the development of in-country capacities and capabilities,” she said.

Wabote was represented by NCDMB general manager, corporate service and logistics Halilu Abdulmalik.