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Local Content: Wabote expects new deepwater projects to surpass Egina

Local Content: Wabote expects new deepwater projects to surpass Egina

With the in-country integration of the Floating, Produc­tion, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platforms and fabrica­tion of six modules of the To­tal Nigeria Egina project creat­ing 5000 direct jobs and 5000 indirect jobs, new deepwater projects must seek to push the bounds in local content imple­mentation, the Executive Sec­retary, Nigerian Content De­velopment and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Sim­bi Wabote has said.
 
This, he said, is because Total Nigeria’s Egina Deepwater proj­ect which will be integrated at the LADOL Free Trade Zone, has become the benchmark for Nigerian Content on deepwa­ter projects, hence forthcom­ing projects have to break new records.
 
A statement by NCDMD, ex­plained that Wabote stated this in Lagos after inspecting facil­ities of Samsung Heavy Indus­tries (SHI), the main contractor for the Engineering, Procure­ment, Construction and In­stallation (EPCI) of the FPSO scope on the Egina project.
 
He explained that increased domiciliation of future FPSO projects through the fabrica­tion of more modules would create additional jobs, estimat­ed to reach 30,000.
 
He therefore urged Inter­national oil companies and promoters of new deepwater projects in Nigeria to deliver Nigerian Content milestones that would exceed in-country integration achieved by Egina.
 
According to him, the Board would not rest on its oars with regards to the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act, adding that “new projects must look at doing FPSO integration and more; we must add some­thing to our achievements.”
 
Six modules of the Egina FPSO were fabricated in-coun­try across some yards whereas twelves modules were weld­ed at Samsung’s base, Geoje, South Korea. He affirmed that, “for next FPSO, more modules must be fabricated locally.”
 
Wabote, who expressed de­light with level of investment and the utilization of local workforce, described the proj­ect as an example of possibil­ities, assuring that the Board will continue to work with in­dustry stakeholders to devel­op new projects and domicile more work in-country.
 
In his presentation, the Chief Operating Officer, SHI Nigeria, Mr. Frank Ejizu explained that the Quay side was ready to re­ceive the FPSO, noting that the tracks have been certified.
 
Dwelling on the workforce, Ejizu stated that 364 Nigeri­an welders have been quali­fied and awarded internation­al certifications, with which they can work anywhere in the world.
 
Earlier in the week, the Ex­ecutive Secretary visited the fa­cilities of Dover Engineering, JC International and Thomp­son and Grace Limited, all lo­cated at Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 

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