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.