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Scottish oil/gas trade delegation seeks opportunities in Nigeria


A Scottish Oil and Gas trade delegation will be visiting Nigeria from January 25 – 28, 2016, to gain a good understanding of local market conditions and to look for potential local partners interested in enhancing their own offer by linking up with a Scotland-based company.

A statement from Wale Adebajo, communication manager, press and public affairs unit, British Deputy High Commission, said the group would also be participating in the Offshore West Africa conference and exhibition at the Eko Hotel and Suites from January 26 – 28, to promote the strengths of the country’s very large oil and gas supply chain via a Scotland Pavilion.

Gary Soper, regional manager for Africa for Scottish Development International, who will be leading the delegation, said “I am delighted to be bringing such a large trade delegation from Scotland and participating in the 20th edition of Offshore West Africa. Our presence is aimed at promoting the strengths of the Scottish industry and developing ties with Nigerian businesses.

“Sub sectors represented include education and training; subsea engineering; winches; electrical product distribution; well construction and engineering services, and remote communications systems to name but a few. ’’

Among the delegation, awareness of the need to address local content and local participation issues is high.

Scotland is a global hub for oil and gas. The oil and gas cluster makes a huge contribution to the Scottish economy and Scotland has grown many creative and innovative companies already operating in over 100 countries worldwide.

While some Scotland-based companies are already operating in Nigeria, there is scope for more to be active here through developing partnerships and transferring some of the technologies and skills that have been built up over the 50 years of operating in the North Sea.