* As hope rises for $16Bn Egina oilfield take-off
Stakeholders in the oil industry on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, celebrated the unveiling of the first buoy built in Nigeria, now set to join boost take off of the $16Bn Egina oil project.
The buoy was fabricated by Port Harcourt-based Aveon Offshore Limited in partnership with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) to deliver one million barrels of crude oil per day from Egina oil field. Egina has a capacity to yield 200,000 bpd and is scheduled to take off in 2018.
The executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, said Egina was the first project set up after the Nigerian Content law to test how far Nigerians can go from start to finish in a large scale oil platform.
He said; “The Board is delighted at the completion of this package by a Nigerian service company; Aveon Offshore. It is another proof of the effectiveness of the strategy we adopted to develop local capacities and capabilities under the Egina project.”
This feat comes soon after the commissioning of manifolds that would do the actual sucking of oil were launched in September 2017. The delivery ceremony of the latest milestone, which took place at Aveon fabrication yard, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt, was attended by several key-players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry including prominent members of NNPC, and the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote.
Speaking at the delivery ceremony, the chairman of Aveon Offshore, Tein George, stated that executing the project required a lot of time and manpower, but the brand is proud to have completed the project at the scheduled time.
“We at Aveon Offshore continually strive for excellence by delivering top-notch services within defined project timelines. We are a proudly safety conscious company and our amazing safety record which remains uncompromised regardless of the nature of the project we take on and our works are fully compliant with local content requirements and the recently concluded construction of this Egina OLT- BUOY is not an exception” Tein George reiterated. The project has proved to be safe for use after several validating test-runs.
Also speaking at the event, John Borres Sannaes expressed NOV’s utmost satisfaction working with Aveon Offshore, through the course of the project.
“Before we decided to work with Aveon Offshore, we had a clear understanding of their high standards and their attention to details, so the decision to work with them on this project was so easy. The engineers that where engaged in the execution of this project are some of the best around and that was primarily because we wanted the best quality and scale through every QC test without any concerns.” (Name of company representative) reiterates.
Aveon Offshore remains one of the best oil-servicing firms in the country, with a focus on total client satisfaction that is achieved through the provision of products and services of the top-most quality, which is delivered through an unyielding firmness on safety and environmental principle, which has remained second to none.
Wabote situated the success, saying; “With the achievements so far, I believe that other projects in the funnel such as Zabazaba, Bunga South-West, Ekike, Owowo and others will find the capacities already developed very handy in meeting and exceeding the Nigerian Content targets stipulated in the NOLGIC Act. I am also very happy to note that Shell has started moving with regards to the Bonga South-West project and I believe that in no time, they will launch the tendering process.”
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We have seen the photographs showing where Nigerians went to Norway and Norwegians came to Nigeria in order to build capacity. But most often than none, when you have people who don’t want to do the right thing, they tell you only of impossibilities.
The strategy helped to ensure that Nigerians got maximum Nigerian content scope and compel the EPCI contractors to seek out local service companies with capacities to execute scopes, which were embarked for completion within the country.
The Board is delighted at the completion of this package by a Nigerian service company; Aveon Offshore. It is another proof of the effectiveness of the strategy we adopted to develop local capacities and capabilities under the Egina project.
What excites me is the success story of some of the things we pushed for. I agree that some bit of problems in certain areas where people have not seen the challenges as opportunity and they fall out. But I can tell you that on Egina project, all the trials we have done in terms of pushing the boundaries have been extremely successful.
The completion of the OLT buoy is another feather to the cap of Aveon Offshore and I urge you to please keep the flag flying and improve on your corporate governance structure and let it remain that way.
We are working with NAPIMS; we have never seen the level of cooperation between NCDMB and NAPIMS this way ever before. We are working together to ensure that we get projects through the funnel a quickly as possible. I can tell you that more projects will soon come on stream.
This flagship project has given Aveon and other companies the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity since the enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
I also wish to tell you the commitment of this current administration to enforcing the implementation of the act itself. I can proudly tell you that nothing goes to the Federal Executive Council that concerns the oil and gas sector that is not referred back to NCDMB to give their endorsement.
With the achievements so far, I believe that other projects in the funnel such as Zabazaba, Bunga South-West, Ekike, Owowo and others will find the capacities already developed very handy in meeting and exceeding the Nigerian Content targets stipulated in the NOLGIC Act.
I am also very happy to note that Shell has started moving with regards to the Bonga South-West project and I believe that in no time, they will launch the tendering process.
Let me once again use this opportunity to commend Total Upstream Nigeria Limited for their excellent disposition towards the development of local content in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Total remains at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of the local content practice and we are proud of the various Nigerian Content achievements under the Egina project despite initial challenges.
I call on other operators to adopt similar attitude in the delivery of their projects. I am happy I saw some Shell representatives, who are here and not been told, but they are seeing for themselves. I am sure they will carry the message beyond the Shell office in Nigeria to perhaps the Shell office in The Hague.
This approach must be what can be done to comply with the law rather than looking for ways to circumvent the provisions of the law. Let me also call on other Nigerian oil and gas service providers to deliver and finish strong on any project they are contracted to do.
It is one thing to win to win a contract; it is another thing to deliver the contract scope timely and safely. You can see today that Aveon is way ahead of schedule. That is the kind of news and company you want to be associated with. I urge you to conscientiously build a profile that portrays you as a company that delivers so that jobs will continue to come your way.
I can see you have over 1,000 staff working within this fabrication facility. I call on all to support the Nigerian Content effort; I call on all to support this administration’s effort to ensure that Nigerians are given the opportunities to deliver on their skills and the mantle that they have taken upon themselves.