By Gladys Nweke
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) says it has partnered with Rungas Prime Industries Limited (RPIL) in the establishment of a 400,000 per annum Type 3 LPG composite cylinder manufacturing plant in Polaku, Bayelsa State.
A statement made available to Silver News said the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, made the announcement in Yenagoa during a town hall meeting with chiefs and representatives of Polaku community. Wabote said Rungas had been allocated two hectares of land at Polaku for the establishment of the factory.
NCDMB had purchased 10.6 hectares of land at Polaku in June 2013 for the purpose of establishing a pipe mill, but discussions with Yulong Pipemill of China and other investors did not yield expected results, leaving the land to lie fallow for almost seven years.
Wobote noted that the groundbreaking ceremony for the cooking gas cylinders manufacturing facility would be performed in a few weeks by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, adding that NCDMB is keen on the project taking off immediately because it will create employment for youths from the state and environs.
He indicated that another strong motivation for the facility is the direct linkage to one of the Minister’s operational
The Executive Secretary expressed hope that the project will generate up to 200 direct and indirect jobs during construction phase and about 350 direct and indirect jobs during the full operations phase, in addition to other induced employment and economic activities.
He also confirmed that NCDMB had allotted another hectare of the Polaku land to a gas distribution company for the construction of a Pressure Reduction and Metering Station. This is meant to supply gas to upcoming industries in Polaku, Gbarain, and other surrounding areas to the distribution of domestic gas for power generation and for other industrial uses.
He explained that the Board changed its strategy after experiencing long delays in getting investors for the planned pipemill. The new strategy will ensure utilization of the site and bring manufacturing outfits to the area for creation of jobs and increase in economic activities, he said.
Wabote hinted that NCDMB was also in discussion with other investors to take up the remaining portions of the Polaku land, adding that the board would allocate the land to as many companies as possible for setting-up of viable businesses until the land is fully allocated.
He maintained that NCDMB’s partnerships with investors were in line with its vision to serve as a catalyst for the industrialization of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.