Speaking during the completion/load-out ceremony of the platform at the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone Lagos base of Nigerdock at the weekend, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Ernest Nwapa, stated that the Nigerian Content implementation model had identified fabrication as one of the drivers in the oil and gas value chain.
He stated that for those things that could be done locally, the NCDMB would take up the challenge and ensure that they were done locally.
Nwapa, who was represented by the Director of Monitoring at NCDMB, Mr. Tunde Adelana, said through the bidding process, the NCDMB had taken deliberate steps to ensure that fabrication scope that could be executed in Nigeria would be executed fully within Nigerian facilities.
He said the board had also put in place a robust framework for promoting and protecting new investments in yard construction by establishing a basis for recommending yards that would be utilised for specific fabrication work scopes.
“We have Bonga South West project coming up. We have the Egina project and we have living quarters in all these projects. Of course EIFFEL and its partners will like to participate in these projects,” he said.
Also speaking, a representative of EIFFEL Nigeria Limited, a local subsidiary of EIFFAGE Construction Metallique of France, contractors to the project, said the project was the first offshore living quarters to be built in Nigeria.
He stated that EIFFEL, which was established in 1997 had fabricated two jackets in Warri, Delta State before the Nigerian Content Law was enacted, adding that the company was convinced that local content was very important.
“This is a very successful project. It is a successful project because we delivered on time and as you have seen during the visit, the standard of quality is very high. It can be compared with fabrication done in Europe. The high standard of quality is very important. What is also important is that we have worked one million man-hours without Loss Time Injury (LTI),” he said.
The Ofon Phase II Living Quarters platform and topside was built for Total Exploration and Production Nigeria by EIFFEL Construction Metallic of France, with OOP Engineering Limited as local content partner.
The project scope includes detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication and outfitting, as well as hook-up and commissioning.
The platform has 140 personnel on board, with total weight of 6,800metric tonnes, with total floor area of 5,300 square metres on seven levels and a helideck to be fabricated by Aveon Offshore in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.