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Nigerdock Delivers Ofon II Platform

-Helps Total Up Nigeria’s Oil Output By 40,000 Boed

Sopuruchi Onwuka

Indigenous petroleum industry fabrication champion, NigerDock, has delivered the Ofon II platform, clearing the path for Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPN) Limited to boost Nigeria’s gross oil and gas output by 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (40kboed).

Delivery of the platform is the key and critical component of the Ofon enhanced oil recovery programme driven by Total in joint venture with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

With the platform whose load out ceremony held Monday at NigerDock Yard, Snake Island, Lagos, Total would now move to site with installation and commissioning activities to increase output by 40 kboed from current 25 kboed to 65 kboed.

The platform is to also help Total stop gas flaring and monetize associated gas from Ofon by boosting feedstock supply the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited and making significant contribution to domestic gas market where demand from the power sector calls for supply intervention.

Production and onshore commissioning of the Ofon II platform denotes delivery of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to NigerDock and signifies full completion and delivery of the full work scope to the company.

Chairman of NigerDock, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, pointed out at the event that the Ofon Platform project was the first EPC and onshore commissioning to be awarded to an indigenous company, boasting that “NigerDock is West Africa’s leading indigenous company with expertise in oil and gas construction, shipyard and marine services, logistics support and industrial training.”

He said NigerDock continues to push the boundaries of Nigerian Content Development with the exemplary collaboration of Total, adding that the integrated fabrication company stood out to be chosen for delivery of the complicated and complex project.

Full value of the contract was not declared but the non cash economic values of the job continue to resonate as new set of standards in Nigerian Content Development.

According to Mr. Jarmakani, NigerDock trained over 6000 technical personnel for the job, engaged 23 indigenous subcontractors to enable delivery of the entire job scope, created over 3000 direct jobs and benefitting over 100,000 stakeholders in the entire supply chain.

He added that the Ofon fabrication contract entailed over five million man hours, equivalent to 22,000 people being employed for one year. He added that the fabrication scope was achieved with 3.2 million man hours of job without lost time on injury (LTI), a world class safety standard.

“The Ofon Project is a leading example on meeting the Federal Government’s objective of growing local capacity through Nigerian Content Development,” Mr. Jarmakani stated, adding that the project also demonstrates Total’s commitment to the development of oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

“It further demonstrates the world class capability of NigerDock’s highly trained workforce, professional management and faciltities,” he added.

He said the principles represented by NigerDock align with the government’s aspiration to reduce waste and stop leakages, ensure end to end transparency, push for best practice efficiency in operations, drive delivery and execution and ultimately restore profitability in the industry.

While pointing out that the company has invested heavily in local capacity for in-country job delivery, Mr. Jarmakani remarked that the government’s local content aspiration would be realized without optimization of available local capacity. He challenged government to utilize the capacity provided by NigerDock secure jobs for Nigerian employees of the company by ensuring steady and optimum utilization of skills and facilities available at NigerDock.

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