Oil services and Fabrication Company, Obijackson Group has commended the implementation of the Local Content Laws by the Federal Government, which created opportunities for indigenous oil and gas companies to grow.
Mr Simeon Tor-Agbidye, the Assistant General Manager (AGM), Group Business Development, Obijackson group who gave the commendation said that a subsidiary of the Obijackson Group – Energy Works Technology Limited, is fabricating part of the topside facilities of Total’s Egina floating 200,000 barrels per day production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.
He said that the Local Content Law has recorded great success in creating homegrown skills in the country’s oil and gas sector of the economy.
He said that the Nigerian Content Act had opened the floor for indigenous companies to prove that they were capable of playing competitively in the international oil and gas scene.
According to him, Nigerian companies have the capacity to carry out contracts efficiently like other foreign companies dominating the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian’s economy, adding it clearly means that the Nigerian Local Content Act is a success because Nigerian companies, technicians, and engineers have acquired expertise, and built capacity that has increased indigenous participation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector.
“With the Local Content Act, we have made significant progress as a nation and assumed a position of dignity amongst International Oil Companies (IOCs), and other players in the sector, who are the beneficiaries of our first-rate services,” he explained.
Tor-Agbidye said that before the implementation of the Law, Nigerian companies who had the competence in the oil and gas business were marginalised, but the situation is gradually changing now.
He said the level of the implementation of the Law had been quite impressive, stressing that the compliance level by the International Oil Companies (IOC) has been satisfactory to a reasonable extent.
He explained that the Nigerian Content Act had been quite effective, useful and well cut out because it was long due.
He said that the Local Content Law had come to stay and the IOCs were effectively obeying and implementing such laws.
“We have completed scope for that project and a few weeks ago, we had a sail off for the Oil Loading Terminal (OLT) piles for the project.
We sailed them off to South Korea where they will be integrated on the FPSO. We have finished that and we are at the final stages of completing K2s pipeline for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)”.
Continuing he said, “We are also progressing smoothly with the pipeline. The project is an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 40kmx20 inches export pipeline to re-route Kolo Creek gas to Soku Gas Plant,’’.
Tor-Agbidye said that the company had also recorded smooth progress with the OB3 pipeline, adding that Obiafu/Obrikom–Oben is an EPC contract for the 64.5km x 48 inches gas pipeline project.
He said that the project will soon be completed, adding that the scope of OB3 was actually split between Nestoil and Oilserv.
He said that while Nestoil is coming from the West, Oilserv is coming from the East.
“Completion time for the project cannot be given right now, but we are progressing nicely.
One of the major achievements we have accomplished on this project is being able to surmount the challenges of the terrain.
Coming from the West, we had some of the most difficult terrain crossing several rivers. We have crossed these rivers successfully with the innovative horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technology with our client, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Our subsidiary, NestHak HDD Limited is an expert in the technology and only company in Nigeria that has 100 per cent success in the job. A few days ago we completed the crossing of the Ashe River, and currently, we are looking to the crossing of the River Niger” he said.
According to him, we will drill under the River Niger and pull a pipe through so that it doesn’t lie on the water and constitute a hazard to shipping and other users of the river. We will lay pipes under the River Niger. It is almost two kilometers (2000 meters). It looks small but the way it is done is not an easy feat.
In another development, the Group pointed out that it had adopted far-reaching measures to substantially cut its costs, especially as it plans to venture into the deep offshore segment of the petroleum industry.
In an interview in Abuja, Mr. Chris Ijeli, Group Head, Business Development, Nestoil Limited, said the Obijackson Group is planning to go more into deep offshore and also build into platform facilities and offshore facilities. To do this he said it is planning an optimization of its processes, both in construction and fabrication, so that it can cut down its cost and be competitive, not only in Nigeria, but also in the sub-region.
On plans for the future, Mr Agbidiye also noted that the company is positioning to tap into the forthcoming opportunities presented by the Zabazaba field, promoted by ENI.