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GGM NAPIMS – DR A. BALOGUN VISITS NIGER DOCK AT SNAKE ISLAND

The Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Dr. Ayo Balogun in fulfillment of the domestication
of oil technology policy of the Nigerian Content Division (NCD) has endorsed Niger Dock Nigeria Plc as a major local service provider in the area of fabrication and construction of key facilities for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. This endorsement became necessary in view of the low industry patronage of the Company which has led to the loss of US$100,000m between January - September, 2009.

Niger Dock according to the Chairman, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani was bought over by Jagal Ltd for about US$250,000m in 2003. The Company which was erstwhile inactive for about a decade prior to its acquisition has been upgraded and equipped to effectively deliver on world class jobs in terms of construction and fabrication of metals and metallic components.

Located on the Snake island’s integrated free zone in the coastal water ways of Lagos and occupying 700 hectares of land, the yard boasts of a total staff strength of 2,000 workers.
Niger Dock has successfully constructed flare booms for most offshore production facilities in Nigeria, particularly, the deep offshore FPSOs (Floating Production Storage Facilities). The company prides itself in having the capacity to undertake FPSO topsides integration in Nigeria at a price that is competitive anywhere in the world. Asides from this, Niger Dock has a
shore base and fabrication yard established for the support of oil and gas operations and other marine industry services.

In seeking increased participation in the industry related jobs, the management of Niger Dock during the visit, also sought NAPIMS’ support for the development and management of a Lagos Deep Water Shore Base (LDWSB). According to the chairman, the base is planned to be used as a receiver/ custodian/ deployment base for materials and repair base for vessels/ equipment before they are sent to the location of use. This base is comparable to the Onne Free Trade Zone in Port Harcourt.

The LDWSB is a hub concept and for South-West Nigeria. It is therefore not a competitor with

Onne, because while the Onne Base services the South- East Oil Fields, the Lagos Deep Water Shore Base (LDWSB) will supplement operations in the South-West part of Nigeria.Mr. Jamakani noted that the project will bring value for money spent by the NNPC and indeed the entire industry. He expressed disappointment about the unwillingness of Operators and Contractors in Nigeria to patronize local companies like Niger Dock. Mr. Jamakani noted that these companies are instead quick to export jobs that companies like Niger Dock are eager to execute.

Such attitude he said are not encouraging to the desire of the Federal Government and NNPC to ensure remuneration and technology transfer that are associated with the execution of such jobs when executed by the local companies like Niger Dock. At the end of the facility tour, the GGM NAPIMS expressed his satisfaction at the quality of investment made on equipment and facilities by the management of Niger Dock.

He subsequently reiterated NAPIMS’ full support for the creation of an enabling environment for increased local participation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry to the benefits of companies like Niger Dock in Nigeria. Dr. Ayo Balogun was accompanied on the visit by the GM PSC/ FES, Mr. M. Fiddi, Mr. U. D. Ubia, Dr. (Mrs) C. Maro, Mrs. B. A. Ashafa amongst others.