Firms Partner Over FPSO Fabrication Facility At Onne
IN a significant development for international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the Gulf of Guinea, large scale and complex steel fabrication will now be offered in Nigeria from a new purpose-built facility. This is courtesy of a partnership between Dorman Long Engineering Nigeria Limited and INTELS Nigeria Limited to launch a state-of-the-art fabrication facility based in Onne Port, in Southern Nigeria.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was recently signed by the management of the two organisations. Representing Dorman Long Engineering Limited were its chairman and managing director, Dr. Tim Austen-Peters and Dr. Orji Nwosu respectively while Acting Managing Director, Simone Volpi and Business Development Manager, Orleans Invest Africa Limited, Mickolas Raffo signed for INTELS.
The MoU marks the first time that floating production storage offloading (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 17,500m2 covered workshop featuring CNC Plasma Cutting Machines, Plate Rolling, Machine of 0-50mm & 51 -150mm thick, Plate Edge Bevelling Machines, Oxy-Fuel Track Cutting Machines, Pipe Cutting & Edge Bevelling Machines, Portable 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.
According to Chairman of Dorman Long, Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, ‘’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. 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.”