OIL, gas and mining companies throughout Africa benefit from the extensive experience and buying power of global oilfield procurement company, Craig International Supplies (CIS) Pty.
“The company is now recognised as the gateway to oilfield procurement for South and West Africa following major expansion to its network of bases and an impressive, growing client list across the entire continent,” says Thinus von Waltsleben, Country Manager CIS Pty. Customers such as Halliburton, Dolphin Drilling and Subsea 7, are being supplied to wherever they are from:
- Equatorial Guinea
- DR Congo
- Sierra Leone
Named as the Best Supplier of the Year in the Africa Oil & Gas Awards 2013, CIS is highly proficient in sourcing the right products and supplying them on time and on budget. Established over ten years ago, the business also supports all major ports including Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and those in Namibia.
CIS has a team of specialised buyers in place to meet customers’ requirements and add value to their supply chain. Located in the heart of Cape Town, the office and significant warehouse space enables CIS to securely pack cargo to international standards, arrange third party inspections and organise shipment by sea or air through global logistics partner GAC.
CIS holds around US$1m worth of stock to enable client demand to be met at short notice. The official distributor of JetLube products in Southern Africa, CIS is also a distributor for Scaw Metals, allowing the supply of different types of lifting equipment.
Von Waltsleben said: “With a depth of experience and a global network of bases holding substantial stock, CIS is a market leader in its field in Africa. Our commitment to adding value and reducing costs in the supply chain has seen us supply everything from low value consumables to high value items including mooring and earth moving equipment, whilst also helping customers with travel arrangements, and asseting up remote camps, which include portable offices, water supply, catering and vehicles. Essentially, we are the go to company for procurement.”
In addition to robust processes and procedures to ensure that every order is managed effectively, whatever the size and timescale, CIS holds a B-BBBEE rating of 6, is fully compliant with ISO. DNV and is a member of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA.)
Earlier this year, the company opened a base in Ghana to serve as a hub for procurement services to clients in-country and in neighbouring Nigeria, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast. With an office in Accra and a warehouse in Takoradi, CIS is able to offer a vast array of on -the-ground stock ranging from PPE, tools and lubricants to welding, consumables and lifting equipment including high usage MRO products.
CIS also launched ebuy, the online procurement catalogue for the energy industry that gives customers access to over 50,000 products across 1,000 categories anytime, anywhere. A fully integrated system, ebuy has been designed to streamline the whole purchasing process and allow customers to quickly build and track orders.
In addition, the company will be opening a base in Mozambique to further extend its service reach.
Steven Craig, Business Development Manager CIS Pty, said: “Mozambique is an important market for CIS to expand into. It would effectively become a hub for us to widen our services into East Africa including Tanzania and Kenya.”
CIS Pty is a division of Aberdeen headquartered Craig International Supplies Ltd, which has bases in Houston, Ghana and Poland with another new base planned for Australia in addition to Mozambique.