NAPIMS, NCDMB commend Nigerdock over delivery of Ofon 2 platforms

Chuks Isiwu

29 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – It was praises galore for the management and workers of Nigerdock, an indigenous oil services company and member of Jagal Group, following the company’s successful completion and load-out of the Ofon platforms fabricated entirely by the company for the NNPC/Total joint venture.

*Load-out of the Ofon bridge from Nigerdock yard.

*Load-out of the Ofon bridge from Nigerdock yard on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, Lagos.

The platforms are part of facilities being put in place by the joint venture for the Ofon 2 project, expected to raise Total and Nigeria’s crude oil production by 40,000 barrels per day and deliver more gas to the Nigerian liquefied natural gas, LNG, plant in Bonny, Rivers State.

They were built by Nigerdock under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction, EPC, contract awarded to the company by the NNPC/Total joint venture, the first ever EPC contract to be awarded to an indigenous Nigerian contractor.

The National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS – an NNPC subsidiary – and the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, commended the management and staff of the company for their efficient handling and delivery of “a highly technical and sophisticated project”.

Managing Director/Chief Executive of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, also commended the over 3,000 workers who took part in the project, saying their achievement of over five million man-hours of work completed with zero Lost Time Injury ‎during the construction of the facilities did not come by chance.

Speaking during the commissioning and sail-away of the project at Nigerdock’s Snake Island Integrated Free Zone in Lagos, ‎Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Mr. Dafe Stephen Sejebor, said the over five million man-hours of engineering for the project which was done in-country reflected government’s policy on Local Content Development.

“As we mark the successful completion and sail away of Ofon OFD5 and OFD3 topsides fully engineered, constructed and commissioned by Nigerdock, it is remarkable to note that‎ this is the first project of such magnitude in complexity, technical requirements, scope and cost awarded to a Nigerian company.

“It has taken a lot for Nigerdock to achieve this in consideration of the context of technical requirements for such complex topside.

“I must salute the doggedness, vision and the dynamism of the staff and management of Nigerdock and the Jagal Group. You should be proud of yourselves and proud of the example you have set for the industry,” he said.

Acting Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Patrick Daziba Obah, also commended Nigerdock workers for achieving over five million man-hours of productivity and over three million man-hours without a LTI.

Mr. Obah, who was represented by the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Adetunde Adelana, promised Nigerdock and its workers of more projects to keep Snake Island Integrated Free Zone up and running.

In his speech, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, commended the over 3, 000 Nigerians employed during the construction of the project.

He said the over five million man-hours of work completed with zero Lost Time Injury ‎during the construction did not come by chance.

“It is the result of a continuous commitment of all, day after day, to the safety of activities. It is a result that both Total and Nigerdock can be proud of.

“Safety is a core value, not just a priority. This core value, we make sure that we share with our contractors, working hand in hand to ensure the highest safety standards in our operations and projects,” Terraz said.

Also speaking on the success of the project, the chairman, Nigerdock, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, said it is a celebration of another milestone in the oil and gas sector.

Jarmakani stated that the company achieved achieved a landmark record of about 3.2 million man-hours without Lost Time Incident, LTI, during the construction of the Ofon 2 platform and completed more than five million man-hours overall on the project, equivalent to 22,000 people employed for one year.

He revealed that at the peak of the project, Nigerdock had 5,000 highly trained professional working on the project.

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