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Nigerian technicians head to HHI

LNG Industry,

Nigeria LNG Ltd’s (NLNG) wholly-owned subsidiary Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT), is facilitating the training of 180 young Nigerian technicians by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at its base in South Korea.

The technicians will be trained to acquire requisite competencies and skills in shipbuilding, as part of Nigerian Content Development activities agreed between BGT and HHI in the contract for the construction of two new LNG carriers for BGT.

Of the 180 technicians travelling to Korea for the three-month programme, the best 28 will be picked to join in the construction of the six new vessels.

In 2013, BGT ordered six new vessels at a cost of US$ 1.6 billion from both HHI – two Ships – and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) – four ships – to boost its shipping capacity. As part of the agreement signed with the ship builders, 580 Nigerians will be trained in different aspects of shipbuilding and construction in fulfilment of Nigerian content development for the BGT Plus Project.

In a goodwill message to the beneficiaries of the training programme, NLNG Managing Director & Vice President of BGT, Babs Omotowa, said “Every action we take in Nigeria LNG Limited, we seek to help build a better Nigeria. That is why so many gains are riding on these contracts with HHI and SHI. We want to ensure the right technology skills are transferred to help develop our maritime industry and this procurement provides us a good opportunity. There are other gains but this human capacity development stands out and we are proud to be contributing to capacity development and job creation for Nigeria.”

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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