Saipem marks 50 years of continuous presence in Nigeria

*Victoria ADEFALA (Director), Justin O. Emanuel (Chairman), Prof. Theophilus Ogunbiyi, Guido D’Aloisio (Managing Director), Gianmaria Zangrandi, Martin Schiff (Director), Edgar Van Stijn

19 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — As part of efforts to grow the economy, Nigeria would need to build investors confidence and attract foreign investors into the country in order to develop key infrastructures that will drive the development of the country while focusing on boosting economic growth.

Mr. Guido D’Aloisio, the Managing Director of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited said this at the unveiling of the 50th years anniversary logo of the company to which kick-start a series of programme aimed at celebrating the company’s continuous operation in Nigeria.

He said that the company is one of the EPCI contractor in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria has been responsible for the development of some of the major infrastructure in the industry in the onshore and shallow waters and deep offshore fields.

Guido D’Aloisio disclosed that the company is working to improve capability and technology to attract the right investments from organizations with good track records and potentials to develop the economy.

He explained that the company has become a leader in local content, adding that over 90 percent of its workforce are Nigerians, some of whom have spent over 25 years with the organization: “we have Nigerians working here with us for over 25 years. For us, the Local Content Act is a continuation of what we were doing for many years.”

The SAIPEM Managing Director the company has built a strong presence and reputation in the oil and gas industry over the years, adding that investors are willing to do business with reliable and competent organisations.

“Today, we want to reflect not only on how far we have come with our values and mission but more importantly on SAIPEM’s future. The industry we compete in will continue to evolve just as it has over the years, with ground-breaking innovations and new ways of doing business. We are better positioned to lead these advances. We have the resources to solve tough problems, we have invested heavily in assets, innovations and we have the deepest commitment to development in the industry. Our facility in Rumuolumei Port Harcourt represents an example of this. With one million sqm yard, and a production capacity of 27,000 tons per annum, the yard still represents the largest and the most technologically advanced yard in West Africa.”

“We have an approach which is global but with a focus on the local environment. We have always been there, therefore we have always tried to integrate ourselves into the environment which we are working. We have partnered with local companies to develop their capabilities and have brought in our technologies and experience in project management, engineering fabrication and construction. We leverage on our worldwide experience in the development and execution of complex and innovative turnkey projects all over the world” the MD said.

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