Local content development in the nation’s oil and gas industry will soon hit a new height, as the international Technology firm, Honeywell International Inc and GIL Automation signed an agreement to boost automation technology transfer in the country.
The Channel Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Greg Clark, told The Guardian, during a meeting at the GIL Automation headquarters in Lagos, that the collaboration would promote local competence in automation technology.
Besides, Clark said the company has concluded plans to establish a manufacturing plant in Nigeria. The plant, according to him would emerge the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nigeria has clearly become bigger player in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Honeywell has before now concentrated on South Africa.
Clark said: “We are now considering that Nigeria is probably a more important player, so we are bringing our field products to Nigeria, now that they have overtaken South Africa. Honeywell is very strong in oil and gas, and our business strategy now is to work with local partners, who understand the culture and business terrain. We have made our research and we have resolved to make GIL Automations Limited our major partner in Nigeria,”
According to him, Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is fast growing and it has a lot of automation requirements, and the partnership is ready to fill the gap.
“This intervention would avail Nigeria Oil and Gas industry access to field instrumentation products with shorter lead time at a lower cost.
In the interim, he said Honeywell, being the original equipment manufacturer, would supply products from its factories overseas, while GIL Automation would act as local partner in Nigeria.
He said there is strong hope that Gil Automation would open an assembly plant that will undertake local manufacturing of these field products in Nigeria before second half of 2014.
The Field instrumentation products comprise of the smartline transmitter range such as, pressure transmitter, temperature transmitter, flowmeter, level transmitter, wireless field transmitter, sensors, recorders, HMI and SCADA systems among others. The Managing Director, GIL Automation, Lawal Gbolahan said the partnership is much more than a business relationship, and it’s also a way to meet its customers’ demands with quality instruments.
Gbolahon added that the relationship was borne out of responsibility to fill the vacuum created by dearth of manufacturing hub in this part of the world and the pressing need to always rely on foreign supply to meet industry needs.
It is worthy of note that field instruments contribute substantial amount in annual expenditure in the oil and gas industry on new and revamp projects.
“Gil Automations is a 100 per cent indigenous company in the forefront of localising modern technology in the oil and gas industry. It is in line with this drive that we are collaborating with Honeywell to first take the world-class brand in Honeywell to the local market and then localise the technology by putting up an assembly plant to serve Nigeria and other emerging oil and gas market in Africa,” he said.
Gil Automations Limited being a one-stop electrical and instrumentation systems integration company as in time past delivered turnkey services in Nigeria and other African countries in metering and instrumentation, electrical, control system and safety systems services, went through thorough background check and emerged Honeywell’s preferred choice for this strategic role.
Gil Automations Limited, General Manager, Victor Omoniyi admitted that the relationship has been long coming based on the company’s existing relationship with Honeywell Intl Inc Brand.
He said Gil Automations has worked extensively on Honeywell products from installation to maintenance amongst other brands.
“GIL Automations target is to provide leverage for the new breed of Nigerian Engineers by promoting and encouraging local technical know-how without losing business focus by arranging technical alliances with key manufacturers and developers,” he said.
Information from The Guardian was used in this report.