International firms operating in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea will now be able to have large scale and complex steel fabrication done in Nigeria.
From their new purpose-built facility, Dorman Long Engineering Nigeria Ltd. and Intels Nigeria Ltd. are partnering to launch a state-of-the-art fabrication facility based in Onne Port, in southern Nigeria.
This marks the first time that FPSO units will have access to fabrication and related services from facilities built specifically for that purpose alongside their operations in the Gulf of Guinea region.
More broadly, the facility will be equipped to serve the needs of West Africa’s oil and gas, power, and telecoms industries, as well as heavy industries.
The facility will include a 17,500 sq meters covered workshop featuring CNC Plasma Cutting Machines; Plate Rolling; Machine of 0-50mm & 51 -150mm thick; Plate Edge Bevelling Machines; and Oxy-Fuel Track Cutting Machines.
The facility will also have Pipe Cutting and Edge Bevelling Machines; ortable Oxy-fuel Cutting Machines; 300 Ton Hydraulic Press Brakes; Plate Edge Milling Machines; Dished End Forming Machines; and 50ton/m2 Quayside Heavy Lift Load – out facility.
Others are Open fabrication areas of 86,000m2, with further outside fabrication areas available as required; Blasting and Painting Workshop; Covered Secured Warehousing and Maintenance Workshop; and Steel Stocking Area.
Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, Chairman of Dorman Long, stated,”The oil and gas industry has long needed such facilities closer to their West Africa operations. As a company, we are pleased to be part of such a significant development for the industry and the region.”
Dr. Austen-Peters continued, “This is also an important development for Nigeria – it will mean significant job creation, skills and technology transfer, and capacity building. We are investing in Nigeria, for Nigeria.”