Nigerian offshore oil and gas industry to receive help from US agency

ZakUSTDA director Leocadia Zak. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has revealed plans to help Nigeria meet the logistical and engineering needs of its offshore oil and gas industry

The US body has said it will provide a grant to support the development of an electronic management platform.

USTDA director Leocadia Zak signed the grant on 28 December 2012, which was conferred to the Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise (LiLE), a private sector logistics provider in Nigeria.

LiLE supports Nigeria’s oil and gas operations through its Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL).

In order to maintain an increasing level of service to its oil and gas clients, LADOL has been seeking to develop an electronic management platform to sustain business operations and future growth.

The USTDA technical assistance grant will assist LADOL in defining an implementation strategy for new IT systems and infrastructure requirements. The platform will include an integrated information technology (IT) infrastructure to enable LADOL to track assets, manage personnel identification and audit transactions.

Zak added that the grant provided an opportunity for LADOL to continue its support to Nigeria’s deep-water offshore industry as well to connect with US expertise and solutions.

“LADOL is the only Nigerian facility serving both local and international oil and gas sector companies. USTDA is proud to assist the base’s efforts to expand its operations in order to provide continued logistics support,” she explained.

“The technical assistance grant could also generate significant opportunities for US companies to export IT-related goods and services.”

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