Morpol Engineering Services, Changing the Local Content Narrative in Nigeria
The Executive Director,(Engineering), Morpol Engineering Services Limited, Engineer Felix Ayejunikanwa has described the company as changing the nation’s local content narrative by its activities. Speaking with our correspondent at the Sub-Saharan Oil and Gas Conference in Houston, Texas, Ayejunikanwa who stated that the company is considering going into the Power sector also said categorically that all its projects cost are lesser than what foreign service companies would bill the International Oil Companies (IOCs). He narrated a scenario this: “there was a project titled GbaranUbie project phase 2 by Shell SPDC and we submitted our bid for the job; Daewoo and Saipem did same along with other companies. Our bid was conservative and competitive. When bids were opened it was realized upon evaluation that we were less than 50 per cent of the average quoted by the foreign companies.
“They called us to confirm if we were serious and we confirmed it. Eventually, after due diligence of checking our capability, HSE level, we were awarded the job and we started. “It was worth some tens of millions in dollars. A project scheduled for completion in 3 years was delivered by us a year ahead of time. “I am glad to tell you that we delivered the project a year ahead of schedule. Two, we made good profits. Three, Shell’s Vice President, Gabon and Nigeria gave us a meritorious performance award for the project,” he said.
Speaking further, he said the company has also been involved in pipeline works citing an example of Olorunsogo Power Plant. In his words, “For the Olorunsogo Power Plant close to Lagos, we did the pipeline from Itoki to the Plant, about 31 kilometers – 24 inch pipeline. The pipeline project was reported across the media. “It happened during the past administration. A project that should last a minimum of 14 months was accomplished within 8 months. So, they ended up saying that for the first time in Nigeria, a contractor delivered 109 welded joints of 24 inch diameter in a day. “It is by dedication and seriousness. Anything that is worth doing at all, to us is worth doing well. If it is not our area, we don’t go there. And we are very conservative. We don’t waste money. Our office is not a gigantic office. The culture was built into the company by its founders and since then, we have inculcated it.
“Another thing that helped us is our planning ability. We don’t wait. We prepare well in advance,” he added.
He said Morpol is “looking at going into the Power sector because we have seen that power in Nigeria is an essential part of the economy that should be looked into. So, our drive to penetrate the industry is very high,” he stated. According to him, there is need for thorough engagement with government officials concerning the outcome of the conference, adding that implementation is very important to what have been discussed.