NLNG, Bonny disagree over community contracts for Train 7
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG and the contractor handling the EPC of its Train 7 project, Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo JV, have been accused of neglecting host community content development, following its plans to kickstart early works and tie-in for the project.
To this end, a group set up by the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, HRM King Edward Asimini Pepple III, to monitor community content in the project – Bonny Kingdom Local Content Compliance Committee, BKLCCC, has accused NLNG of deploying divide and rule tactics in its engagements.
Chairman of BKLCCC, Amaopusenibo Opuada Willie-Pepple, said more than 16months after submitting its list of local contractors to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for verification, through NLNG, it was yet to get a feedback on the approved list of contractors. Willie-Pepple wondered where the the gas multinational firm and its contractor, SCD JV intends to source local contractors from.
He accused the firm of stoking crisis in the community, by attempting to pitch sections of the community against each other, a situation which he said was an affront on the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, accusing the company of trashing engagement guidelines availed it by the Bonny Chiefs Council, which the Monarch presides over. The BKLCCC maintained that as a result of these, it has pulled out of further negotiations with NLNG and SCD JV, insisting that it would only return to the negotiation table when these issues are addressed.
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