President Muhammadu Buhari will today, January, 21, virtually inaugurate the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC) in Lagos as part of the effort to boost the operations of the nation’s petroleum sector.
Sarki Auwalu, Director of DPR, who is the chief host said the centre was structured to drive the three-prong objectives of safety, value and cost efficiency which are critical for oil and gas industry stability, growth and sustainability. According to him, the centre will afford the Nigerian oil and gas industry the crucial elements for competitive advantage in a changing global energy landscape.
“The integrated centre will also entrench Nigeria’s status as regional leader and position the nation for significant global impact in the provision value-added services and breakthrough solutions for the industry in years and decades to come,” he said.
According to a press statement signed by Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), issued on Monday in Lagos, he said Auwalu explained that the NOGEC complex was structured to house the various flagship centres in order to comprehensively cover key areas of the industry.
He said the flagship centres were Search, Rescue and Surveillance (SeRAS) Command and Control Centre and National improved Oil Recovery Centre (NIORC). Others are Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC), Oil and Gas Competence Development Centre (CDC) and Integrated Data Mining and Analytics Centre (IDMAC).
The DPR boss said: “SeRAS is an industry-wide programme established to enhance safety management, emergency preparedness and response as well as bed space management and logistics services across the industry. SeRAS will entrench safe practices, drive cost reduction and improve operational efficiency across the industry.
He said, the SeRAS Command and Control Centre (CCC) is established at the NOGEC Centre, Lagos while two other Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC) will be set up at Osubi and Brass, in the first instance, for effective coverage of areas of operations.
The world class centre of excellence would serve as the innovation hub for the oil and gas Industry in Nigeria, and beyond. “The centre will feature state-of the-art training facilities, meeting rooms, conferencing, electronic library, digital visualisation centre, and co-working spaces designed to stimulate creative thinking to proffer solutions for the technical and business challenges facing energy sector practitioners.