Saipem Construction Nigeria Limited has completed the fabrication and load-out of the EGINA Umbilicals, Flowlines and Risers from its Rumuolumeni fabrication base.
The load out took place at a well-attended ceremony organised by Saipem and in attendance were Dr. Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; Mr. Nicolas Terraz, MD & CEO, Total E&P Nigeria Limited; Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB and the host, Mr. Guido D’ Alonso, MD, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited as well as other dignitaries drawn from both diplomatic and political circles.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Baru lauded the giant strides taken a few years ago by NNPC, TUPNI, SAPETRO, Petrobras and CNOOC following the award of the contract for engineering, procurement, construction, installation and pre-commissioning (EPCIP) of Umbilicals, Flowlines Risers, Offloading systems and Offshore works for Egina project to Saipem in 2013.
He commended the management of Saipem for the good work they have done with the load out of UFR modules. The GMD also seized the opportunity to reiterate the NNPC’s commitment to the successful implementation of all provisions of the Nigeria Content Act to improve and accelerate local content capacity development in all of its projects.
…Growing Influence of the Nigerian Content Act
The UFR load out project was built from scratch to finish by 25 Nigerian-born engineers who were trained and equipped with new sets of skills with little supervision from expatriate staff.
The engineering design and fabrication was carried out at the SCNL fabrication yard at Rumuolumeni in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with a 6 million LTI recorded on the project. The NCDMB Executive Secretary, represented by Mr. Obah while reacting to the accomplishment of local content regarding the completion of the project, also lauded the efforts of SCNL by training and equipping young engineers with new sets of skills for the challenges of modern day business in the oil and gas sector.
The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitment to partnering the IOCs and other industry stakeholders to expand and deepen local content in the oil industry as this singular act will help to create and retain jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the country.
…Celebrates 14 million LTI
Mr. Bennett Agidi – The Deputy Project Manager, Egina UFR while giving a presentation on the scope of work done said the project composition is a combination of thirty-three thousand tons of steel adding that over 6 million LTI was recorded before the project completion.
He disclosed that SCNL had fabricated eighty thousand tons of steel at the Rumuolumeni PHC yard in 14 million LTI man hours. An award was presented to Saipem yard manager Mr. Francessco Bocutti in appreciation of him and his teams’ effort for the recorded feat. First oil from the Egina oil field is expected to be achieved by the first quarter of 2018.
The Egina Field located about 20 kilometers from producing Akpo field lies within the same Oil Mining Lease OML 130. The field is situated in water depths of up to 1,750km and was discovered in 2003 by the Egina-1 exploratory well.