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Pipeline 2008 #1

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AVEVA training Nigeria's oil industry The Federal Government of Nigeria has stipulated that the Nigerian 'local content' in the Oil & Gas industry in Nigeria should rise to 45% by 2007, and to 70% by 2010. The term, 'local content', applies to Nigerian human and material resources and services in the petroleum industry. This increase can only be achieved through the enactment and implementation of appropriate policies in domestic projects in Nigeria, and by the Nigerian Government making a commitment to investment in technology transfer and manpower development. The growth of the capabilities of the Nigerian workforce in the Oil & Gas industry must further provide economic expansion while adhering to quality, health, safety and environmental standards. The challenge The average experience level of the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry workforce who have been trained in traditional engineering practice has shown the need for a new generation of workers to undergo relevant, structured training programmes which incorporate Information Technology and project automation. The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to investment in a national Oil & Gas capacity development programme. The Nigerian Content Department of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will oversee the training of more than 300 Nigerians on a software design tool in readiness for the 2.5+ million man-hours of engineering design work expected in Nigeria over the next few years. The decision AVEVA PDMS was chosen as the preferred 3D modelling Engineering IT solution for offshore and onshore facilities, and was listed as one of the standard tools to be used to increase local participation through training in Nigeria. Lonadek Consulting, AVEVA's representative in Nigeria, collaborated, as main contractor, with all the relevant organisations to ensure funding for the training initiative. Lonadek gained sponsorship to invest in capacity development programmes from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), a department responsible for capacity, capability and competence development within the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry, and from the NNPC. In order to fulfil the goal of training more than 300 Nigerians in the use of PDMS, Lonadek Consulting and AVEVA will be working together to meet the objectives of both companies. Lonadek Consulting will provide state-of-theart computerised technology and CAD support services, while AVEVA will supply certified trainers to provide world-class training in PDMS. The bottom line The extensive capabilities of PDMS, used by a local workforce to develop high-value Engineering Design Centres, will enable Nigerian companies to bid competitively internationally and to meet the global strategic demands of the 21st century. About Lonadek Lonadek Consulting evolved from Lonadek Oil and Gas Systems Consultants, the systems implementation arm of LONADEK, which provides state-of-the-art computerised technology and CADD support services to the Oil & Gas industry. Lonadek understands the needs of the industry and has developed a full range of business-focused services that constantly exceed industry requirements. Lonadek is the Nigerian representative of AVEVA Solutions Ltd. 'Technology transfer, manpower development and capacity building are essential steps in ensuring the sustainability of any development. A highly skilled, capable and competent workforce is vital to the success of exploration, production, refining, and the distribution of crude Oil & Gas products. For the successful completion of Front-End Engineering Design and Detailed Engineering of the huge Oil & Gas projects in Nigeria, it is essential that long-term capacity, capability and competence development programmes focus on the development of highly skilled process, piping, civil/structural, mechanical, vessels, electrical and instrumentation engineers; also designers and technicians who can successfully execute projects using AVEVA PDMS.' Dr Lola Amao – Lonadek's Principal Consultant AVEVA PIPELINE | 2008 Issue 1 | Page 15

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