Following the quest for Nigeria to boost local content development through the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) the Executive Secretary of the Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote, poured encomium on Nivafer over the unveiling, load out of in-country fabricated High Pressure fuel gas skid for Shell Asa North gas project.
Nivafer Engineering and Construction Limited on Wednesday delivered an in-country fabricated High Pressure Fuel Gas Skid for Asa North gas project, which is one of the largest greenfield gas condensate development projects being undertaken in Nigeria.
The skid, which was unveiled, loaded out and delivered to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SDPC) at the Nivafer fabrication yard in Lagos, received the commendation of the NCDMB boss, Engr. Simbi Wabote, who noted that the milestone has deeply rooted the belief in the can-do Spirit of Nigerian companies for local development.
He stated further that the milestone event has also heightened expectation of the Asa North Gas Project Delivery.
Wabote who expressed excitement at the successful fabrication of the skids by Nivafer, a Nigerian engineering and construction company charged Shell to keep working towards completion of the project.
Wabote said “This is one of those happiest moments for me and I am excited because this fabrication was done by Nivafer, a Nigerian company with track record.
“The successful fabrication of this skid undertaken by Nivafer for Shell, a company that gives optimum priority for HSE, has also confirmed Nivafer expertise and reaffirm the can-do spirit of local companies as well as our seriousness of delivery of local content development.
“The local content development was the saving grace for a lot of projects during COVID-19 pandemic when the Europe was totally locked down. This is because some yards in Nigeria were able to work while all others in Europe were locked down.”
Top management staff who witnessed the event include those from SPDC, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Chevron, Total, Airforce Ikeja, Chairman and board members of Nivafer Engineering and Construction Limited.
The Managing Director of Nivafer, Chris Ijeli, affirmed that the growth of the company, which was established in 1977 was powered by the Nigerian local content act.
According to Ijeli, “We have taken advantage of the NOGIC Act to nurture a company that is now known for World Class expertise in the fabrication work in the oil and gas industry.
“Asides this HP fuel gas skid being unveiled and loaded out for Asa North gas project today, we have fabricated Modules and Manifolds for Asa North gas project. We have also constructed pressure vessel for Saipem JV in Train 7 project.
“We have handled fabrication and construction of gas engineering asset For NIPCO.
“What we have here is a major milestone in the Nigeria’s local content development.”
The Managing Director of Nivafer, applauded Shell for the partnership with the company, and the Wabote-led NCDMB for leading the local content success story, as well as the Tokunbo Coker-led Board of Nivafer Engineering and Construction Limited for their support.
He stated that the staff of Niverfer also played crucial role in the successful manufacturing of this high pressure gas engineering asset for gas Asa North project, and pledged that they shall continue to develop capacity for the team.