FG halts Seplat project over alleged local content violation

The federal government through the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board has directed Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc to suspend work on its ANOH Gas Plant project in Oil Mining Lease 53 over alleged violation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act of 2010 by using a UAE firm for the engineering and fabrication.

In a swift reaction, Seplat has clarified that the partners have not signed the Final Investment Decision for the gas project, which is a joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and could not have violated the Nigerian content law in a project that has not been awarded.

Seplat Petroleum’s spokesperson, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku, debunked claim by the NCDMB that the company violated the Nigerian Content law in the ANOH Gas project, stressing that the company could not have violated the local content law when the contracts have not even been awarded.

The letter, addressed to the Chairman of Seplat alleged that the company issued tenders for integration through ANOH Gas Processing Company Limited or ANOH Midstream Gas Plant Development, a subsidiary of Seplat, which are not known to the agency and are not registered on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Joint Qualification System.