25 June 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB and stakeholders in the oil and gas industry at the weekend celebrated with a French multinational, TechnipFMC, on its successful completion of the 44th and last subsea tree for the Total‘s Egina field development project.
The subsea trees project was launched in 2016 and according to NCDMB, has recorded high Nigerian content attainments as 75 percent of the components were assembled at the TechnipFMC’s Onne support base in Rivers State.
Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, speaking in Onne commended TechnipFMC for the feat, describing it as a further demonstration that major Nigerian content accomplishments would always be achieved through determination and concerted efforts of stakeholders.
Wabote represented at the event by the NCDMB Manager, Projects Certification and Authorization, Engr. Frank Ibi, said the partial integration of the Egina FPSO topside in-country provided a wonderful opportunity for Nigerian service providers to demonstrate their capacities.
He assured that the board will push for more patronage and utilization of Nigerian goods and services in upcoming projects.
For his part, the Assistant Director, Egina Project, TechnipFMC, Mr. Bankole Adesuyi, revealed that assembling the subsea trees for Egina was the biggest project the company has delivered in Nigeria and was handled by Nigerians.
Adesuyi explained that TechnipFMC achieved significant milestones in the implementation and expansion of local content through the project while underscoring the importance of getting new projects in order to sustain the massive investment in human capacity and infrastructure.
“The project afforded the company new skills and technological transfer. A new testing laboratory was also built on the back of the project.
“Through the Egina FPSO contract, we delivered over 2,400 equipment and materials. In human capacity development programs, we had strategic placement of understudies, skills and knowledge transfer. We successfully had Nigerians take over key roles and responsibilities.”
For his part, the Project Supervisor, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, TUPNI, Mr. John Michigan commended TechnipFMC for delivering the project on time and schedule and helping to retain value in-country.
“As we speak, 24 of these Christmas tree are already installed on the wellhead and connected to the respectively subsea manifolds. This is a proof of TUPNI’s commitment to promoting local content in Nigeria.”