By Tony Udemba
Recently, the country’s oil and gas sector received a huge boost, with the official unveiling and loading of the new 20,000 bpd Oilfield production platform, at Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the oilfield production platform built by Dorman Long Engineering Limited, Dr Timi Austen-Peters, company chairman, said the platform was built by his company for First E&P/ NNPC ( JVC ) joint venture Anyala-Madu oil field development. He noted that the project was strictly in line with the provisions of the Local Content Act of the Federal Government of Nigeria, aimed at having a positive impact on the growth of the country’s economic development. He said, “The production capacity of the rig is 20,000 bpd, and when fully operational, it can conveniently perform optimally what larger rigs will do. It can achieve all of this at a unit cost of well under US$10.”
Boss Dorman Long said the rig was built entirely in the country by his company at the Nigerian shipyard’s premises on Victoria Island. He postulated that the
The company even has the capacity to build 2 or 3 or more platforms in order to achieve higher production yield, saying “we are well prepared”. It is about learning from the work already done”. He said that aside from Dorman Long, PETAN members have also contributed immensely to the success of the project, thereby ensuring that project funds were spent in-country in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Government’s Local Content Act. .
Reviewing the entire project, Austen-Peters noted that the platform was a good job well done, adding; “The collaboration was top-notch and gave us value for money, thanks to the deliberate protection of local content.”
Similarly, the Managing Director/CEO of FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Ltd, operator of the OML 83 and 85 NNPC/FIRST E&P joint venture licenses, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi Beroin, welcomed the milestone achieved with the delivery of the project on time. . He noted that in considering how best to go about it, they had three goals in mind; how to carry out the project safely, update the provisions of the Local Content Act to ensure that all work is carried out locally by Nigerians, and how to generate more revenue for the government and ensure that the cost of the project is much less expensive than contracting it to foreign companies. He recalled how they searched the world for the best concepts for the platform, saying, “We traveled the world looking for the best concepts for the job, and later came across an interesting concept called the platform. – driver supported form (CSP). you can see it’s a small walkway. If you look at other rigs they are around 3 or 4 times that size, but this rig can hold around 8-10 oil wells. We had already completed the first rig in Port Harcourt known as the Anyala rig which currently produces around 44,000 bpd, while this one aims to produce at least 20,000 bpd. As I said earlier, what motivated us to embark on this project was the need to deliver the work safely, to ensure that the work was carried out locally by Nigerians in accordance with provisions of the FG’s Local Content Act, as well as ensuring that the cost of labor was cheaper than what foreign companies could charge, and that we were generating revenue for the government. Basically what we have done is to develop the capacity and capacity for Nigerians to build smaller units of platforms in accordance with local content provisions, which are in line with international standards, and which can effectively do the same work that the bigger ones can do”. He congratulated Dorman Long Engineering and the members of PETAN for the quality of work carried out and the timely delivery, although he paid tribute to the management of NAPIMS for the support and confidence placed in them, and to the Nigerian shipyard for making its facilities available in support of the project.
In his remarks at the event, the Group Managing Director, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti, said that the official unveiling of the loading of the newly constructed oilfield platform by Dorman Long Engineering Ltd was in fulfillment of the great efforts and visions of President Mohammadu Buhari in his 2019 initiatives towards the unveiling of a new NNPC to the world. Represented by Mr. Buduwara Zakariya, GM, Joint Venture Operations, NAPIMS, he said that the newly built platform known as phase – 1B Anyala – Madu Oilfield Development project will increase the production capacity of the joint venture ( JV) of 60,000 BPD. In his words, “We are proud of the achievements made by the FIRST E&P joint venture. From the successful delivery of Phase -1A, Anyala – Madu Oilfield Development project, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and its sustenance without any health or safety issues. We are fully committed to supporting the joint venture in the successful delivery of Phase -1B of the Anyala – Madu Oilfield Development Project, and ultimately to increase production capacity to approximately 60,000 BPD. It also has the ability to eliminate gas flaring”.
Speaking further, he commended FIRST E&P management and the project team for the hard work put into the project, and Dorman Long Engineering Ltd for their good work and support.”
In the same vein, the Superintendent Admiral, Naval Dockyard Limited, Rear Admiral Hamza Ibrahim, assured that the Naval Arsenal is ready to support the maritime and oil and gas sectors with its facilities, provided that the projects mutually benefit the naval arsenal. and the organizations involved, although he recalled the long-term relationship between them and Dorman Long Engineering Ltd and similar organisations. In its own words, “by providing an enabling environment for the legal activities of Dorman Long engineering Ltd, the Navy is contributing to national development, as the project will in no way contribute to the national economy”.
He reiterated that it was the Navy’s wish to see Nigeria develop its capacity in terms of self-reliance in the construction of facilities of this nature, noting, “remember that one of the main strategic reasons for the acquisition of this facility by the federal government is to enhance or actualize the quest for sea power The project you see is an integral part of acquiring sea power and improving maritime activities in Nigeria even whether the navy is constitutionally mandated to protect the maritime environment”.