In a bid to support local miners of Barites in Benue State Chevron Nigeria Limited, has handed over barite earth moving equipment worth $1.284 million.
This move is in line with the company’s efforts to increase Nigeria capability and provide a strategic framework for increasing the Nigerian content component of good and services that are needed to support operations and capital projects in Nigeria.
According to General Manager Nigerian Content Development, NCD, Chevron, Mr. Olusoga Oduselu, the equipment was to ensure value creation and sustainable economic growth that align with the federal government’s aspiration in Nigerian content development.
Oduselu said as part of the commitment of Chevron to capacity development initiative obligation on local barite production and patronage of local industry, the company has purchased local Barites directly from Association of Miners and Producers of Barite (AMAPOB) members including a 700MT purchase orders awarded to Qualchem Nigeria Limited and the procurement of equipment worth $1.2 million to support local miners”
In his speech, First Vice President of AMAPOD, Mr. Mike Mku who urged government to ban the importation of barite into the country said the event is a culmination of over two years of struggle for the emancipation of barite in the oil and gas industry.