Kachikwu Promises Non-Niger Delta Residents Oil & Gas Parks
An oil and gas haven may be coming to a city near you, even though your area is not an oil producing region.
According to Ibe Kachikwu, who is the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the Federal Government will establish oil and gas parks in other parts of the country where crude oil has either been found or is being explored.
Kachikwu, according to a statement by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB on Sunday, said this at the ground-breaking of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park being developed by the NCDMB at Emeyal-1, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
"We will work with the board and provide everything that is needed for the projects. After the development of the five pilot parks in the Niger Delta states, we will extend this very innovative idea to other parts of Nigeria, where oil has either been found or is being explored.
"This initiative will send a message to investors that Bayelsa is ready for oil and gas business and drive home the point that the park will bring about localisation of indigenous companies, where fabrication, pipe milling, procurement hubs and oil and gas-related technologies will flourish,” Kachikwu said.
According to the statement, the park will generate about 2,000 jobs when it begins full operation.
It could also create a regional low-cost manufacturing hub that will produce equipment components and spare parts to be utilised in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
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