INTELS acquires N1.8 billion largest crane in Africa
In line with its commitment to making Nigeria the hub of Oil and Gas logistics services in Africa, INTELS Nigeria Limited, has acquired one of the largest port handling cranes in the world – a 600 tonnes Liebherr crane worth $6 million (N1.83 billion).
The crane, which has been deployed at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, is the largest at any port facility in Africa.
This means that the movement of very heavy equipment has become even much easier than ever before at the Onne Free Zone.
A crane is a type of machine, generally equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower heavy materials and transporting them to other places and to move them horizontally.
The Head, Administration and General Services, INTELS Nigeria Limited, Chibuisi Onyebueke, who conducted some senior journalists on a tour of the sprawling Free Trade Zone last Thursday, said the crane, which is sitting on 104 tyres, is capable of lifting cargoes as heavy as 208 tonnes with a 17-metre boom outreach.
“The crane is characterised by rapid and efficient handling of loads up to 208 tonnes. With its extensive boom outreach, the LHM 600 is the ideal cargo handling solution for the type of very large and ultra large ships operating across the world today,” he said.
He said the huge crane, fondly called ‘Big Mama’ at the port, was acquired in addition to several other existing cargo handling equipment at the Onne Federal Lighter Terminal and Federal Ocean Terminal. He said the crane is being operated fully by Nigerians who have been trained abroad on its handling and maintenance.
Onyebueke said INTELS, working with other relevant Federal Government agencies, established an Oil and Gas Service Centre at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, to serve as a single loading location for the Oil and Gas industry in sub-Sahara Africa.
He said the Oil and Gas Service Centre has improved the efficiency of personnel in the industry while saving downtime on offshore rigs and providing quick response in case of emergency.
“It also provides the opportunity for better physical monitoring and follow up of equipment in stock, modularisation of areas and better control of supply vessels for the Oil and Gas industry,” he said.
He said INTELS tailored its services, facilities and operations to support activities in the Oil and Gas industry.
“The highly technical facilities required to support Oil and Gas related operations also require special equipment and highly skilled manpower to manage such operations which therefore led to higher level of investments by INTELS relative to competitors,” he said.
Onyebueke also said that INTELS Nigeria Limited remains fully committed to maximising, in a sustainable manner, the use of Nigerian human resources, materials, equipment and services in its operations without compromising the company’s values, quality, health, safety and environment standards.
“As a Nigerian company, INTELS is committed to maximizing the participation of Nigerian businesses and local contractors in its operations in compliance with the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010,” he said.
The signing into law of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act, otherwise called “Local Content Act” in 2010, he said, was in line with the expectations of INTELS, “as the issue of Nigerian content has been central to the company’s development strategy.”
In terms of rural development, Head, Government and Public Affairs, INTELs, David Alagoa, said the company has actively supported its host communities through supporting sustainable projects and comprehensive corporate social responsibility programmes.
He said, INTELS had committed billions of naira to road construction, provision of street lights, ultra-modern markets/lock-up shops and ICT centres in various parts of the Niger Delta.
Other projects undertaken by INTELS include school renovation; provision of civic centres, youth secretariats, jetty restoration, women empowerment projects and medical outreach.
INTELS Nigeria provides comprehensive integrated logistics services to the Oil and Gas Industry. It operates in major government-owned port facilities and Free Zones in Nigeria, among others.
At present, INTELS is leading the Nigerian Oil and Gas logistics support industry as a core logistics service provider through its skill, efficiency, integrity and quality of service.
The organisation has 30 years of experience in ports management and terminal logistics support services in shore bases across Nigeria, applying the “One Stop Shop” solution under its Oil Service Centre Concept.
In 2006, INTELS was awarded the concession by the Federal Government to operate Terminal A (Federal Ocean Terminal) and Terminal B (Federal Lighter Terminal) at the Onne Port Complex, which houses the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone. It also operates terminals in Warri, Calabar and Apapa ports.
INTELS has received several local and international awards and commendation. Recently, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), which is a government agency under the Federal Ministry of Transportation, commended the company for its huge investment and commitment to the development of port operations in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Hassan Bello, said INTELS deserved the recognition because of its defining role in the provision of integrated logistics services in the Nigerian maritime, oil and gas industries.