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NETCO completes upgrade on Chevron’s Utonana

Chevron platformYemie Adeoye

13 April 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Nigerian Engineering and Technical Company, NETCO, a subsidiary of NNPC has successfully completed the Detailed Engineering Design, DED, of Chevron’s Utonana Facilities Upgrade in Nigeria.

The project which was formally awarded to NETCO in May 2012 was completed within schedule, budget, and quality requirements.

The project was executed from NETCO’s office and lasted for about four months.

The scope of Utonana Facilities Upgrade Project in broad terms includes upgrade of firewater System Fire Fighting Equipment repairs, Flow-station structural repairs.

Firewater piping replacement, The project objectives are, Revamp and/or replace identified affected systems at the Utonana flow-station to comply with regulatory and CNL corporate OE requirements and sustain production through field economic life of minimum of 10 years.

In order to achieve the project objective, two field assessments (site surveys) were carried out. The first was aimed at confirming the state of the facility and proposed modifications, to identify and/or confirm additional equipment and equipment changes within the scope of Utonana Facilities Project.

Other purpose of the field assessment also includes data gathering as well as the verification of facilities as built status the second Field assessment (which came towards the end of the project) was aimed at ensuring that the detailed engineering design is consistent with the Facility operational requirement as well as to incorporate design review comments from the process Hazard Assessment (PHA) and ‘constructability’ review sessions.

Approved recommendations from both survey findings were incorporated into the DED deliverables as appropriated within the DED deliverables as appropriate within the DED scope of works. Findings outside the DED scope were brought to the attention of CNL for immediate and future considerations. A single audit exercise was carried out in the course of the Detailed Engineering Design (DED).

Process Hazard Assessment and ‘Constructability’ Review sessions were also conducted on the 20th and 21th of September 2012 respectively. The actions items generated from the audit and review sessions have been closed-out. Good interface between CNL Representatives and NETCO project team members enhanced the timely Engineering Design.

At peak, the manpower was Thirty five Nigerian personnel, mostly engineers while 14,423 man-hours were expanded in the execution of the project.

The Nigeria Content during the performance of the work was 100 per cent. The execution of the projects is in line with Nigerian government policy of 100 per cent domiciliation of all the engineering activities in Nigeria.

NETCO being an established indigenous Nigerian company that currently operates in Nigeria had deployed its experienced Nigerian Engineers/Specialist on the Project for smooth execution of the work.

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