By HectorÂ Igbikiowubo
Lagos â€”An engineering and fabrication feat hitherto the exclusive preserve of Europe, America and Asia have been recorded in Nigeria with the work on the topsides for the Usan floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at Nigerdock.
At the weekend, the 2nd of a five stages load-out sequence involving the shipment of a total 7500 tons of fabricated steel was recorded.
While explaining the scope of work to those present at the load-out, Mr. Manssour Jarmakani, Executive Director, Nigerdock Plc, at the weekend, disclosed that the first load-out was recorded in April and that it involved the shipment of 981 tons of fabricated steel for the topside integration at the Ulsan yard, operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea.
The 1st load-out of fabricated steel was for the â€˜riser support â€“ type 1 & 4 and this was achieved in record time.
The 2nd load-out which commenced at the weekend involved the shipment of 1524 tons of fabricated steel for the â€˜crew boat landing stairâ€™, â€™10 number P1 and S1 lay down moduleâ€™ and the â€˜secondary riser supportâ€™.
It is expected that the third load-out of the water casing, crane pedestal and collation platformÂ will take place in October 2009, while theÂ 4th load-out involving shipment of the heli-deck support is expected to take place in January 2010.
TheÂ 5th and final load-out involving shipment of the mooring protection structure as well as all other topsides items is expected to take place in June 2010.