NCDMB Commends Total E&P, PCN On Ikike Line Pipe Coating Project

Thirty graduates have commenced post graduate diploma programme on marine survey under the sponsorship of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). The kick-off ceremony was held recently at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce, Amassoma, Bayelsa State and the programme will equip participants with techniques to measure the quantity and quality of products such as crude oil, premium motor spirit (PMS), automotive gas oil (AGO) etc. On graduation, the participants would also be able to perform proper measurement and documentation of the nation’s income from oil and gas production. 20 graduates are enrolled in Marine Survey Level (12months) while 10 graduates will be trained as Marine Survey Upgrade (6months). The classroom component of the training will hold concurrently at the Niger Delta University Entrepreneurship Centre in Bayelsa State and Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology in Lagos state for 12 months and six months respectively. On-the-job training for the participants will take place at the Centre for Marine Survey Nigeria (CMSN), Lagos and, with international certification from the International Naval Surveys Bureau and Phoenix Register Shipping. Delivering his opening remarks at the event, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, ably represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building Division, Dr. Ama Ikuru, hinted that Nigerian ownership of marine vessels and equipment in the oil and gas industry is currently estimated about 40 percent. He added that increasing vessel ownership and participation of Nigerians in the maritime category will go a long way in meeting the 70 percent Nigerian Content aspiration by 2027. He maintained that marine surveyors are key to sustaining marine activities in the oil and gas industry and supporting vessel owners to survey and recertify their vessels in-country. He commended the Centre for Marine Surveyors Nigeria (CMSN) in conjunction with Wider Perspectives Limited and the Niger Delta University for developing a world class post graduate diploma training programme on Marine Survey. Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Prof. Samuel Edomiekumo appreciated the Board for partnering the university in such an important programme and assured that it would provide a conducive environment for learning. A representative of Wider Perspectives Limited, Mrs. Edughom Hanson commended the Board for sponsoring the training and advised the participants to take the programme seriously, attend all lectures and comport themselves during the course of the programme.
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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has commended Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) and Pipe Coaters Nigeria (PCN) Limited for the local content strides being recorded on the Total Ikike Line Pipe Coating Project, which is ongoing at PCN facility in Onne Free Trade Zone, River State.

The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote gave the commendation on Tuesday when he inspected the ongoing project. He hailed Total E&P for embarking on the Ikike project during the period of COVID-19 pandemic, describing it as evidence that the company believes in Nigerian Content development and the nation’s economy.

He hinted that the Ikike Subsea, Risers & Flowlines (SURF) Engineering Procurement Construction and Installation (EPCI) project will create huge opportunities for local companies like Pipe Coaters Nigeria and numerous Nigerian youths especially during the period of the COVID-19 when most businesses and projects are shut down.

According to technical details of the project, the planned duration is five months and it involves 12 inches X 28km Line pipes that would be coated with 3LPE, 5LPP and Concrete Weight Coating (CWC). Additional services will include Bends coating and Anodes installation and they are scheduled to be completed by November 2020.

This would be the first time in Africa that a facility would be applying CWC on top of a Thermal Insulation (5LPE) coated line pipe.

The Executive Secretary who was represented at the event by the General Manager Projects Certification and Authorization Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Paul Zuhumben lauded PCN for developing the capacity to execute the job and showing that local companies now have the capabilities to match their foreign counterparts in the delivery of oil and gas projects to the highest quality and standards.

He noted that PCN had acquired experience that had spanned over two decades in Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) pipe management, pipe threading and line pipe coating for deepwater applications.

The Executive Secretary also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for their commitment towards ensuring that the Ikike project continued despite the lull in the global business climate.

In his comments, the Operations Senior Manager of Tenaris/PCN, Mr. Ugochukwu Chijioke stated that the Ikike coating project would be executed by 100 percent Nigerians workforce and it offered the opportunity for the employment of over 300 direct personnel, training and the use of locally sourced materials, amongst others.

He thanked the Executive Secretary and management of Total for making the project a reality and appealed to relevant stakeholders for more projects so that the skills and capabilities that were developed during the project can be retained.

He conveyed the company’s pride to be associated with the project for the Total/NNPC Joint Venture and the remarkable accomplishments that would be attained and assured that it would be completed in record time to meet the Ikike development project timelines.

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