By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI â€“ THE Federal Governmentâ€™s goal of attaining 7,000 mega watts electricity generation next year has got a boost, this is just as Fenog Nigeria Limited, an indigenous drilling company handling the gas pipeline laying of the multi-billion dollars, Escravos Gas-To-Liquid, EGTL, Project attained a new feat in oil drilling, setting an African record of 1,631 metres length of over 40 metres depth in Horizontal Directional Drilling, HDD, crossing the Escravos River without obstructing traffic using the latest equipment.
The new record by the indigenous firm has vindicated those making case for local content, who had argued that indigenous contractors could do better than the foreign contractors and reduce capital flight.
Addressing the press at the drilling site in Escravos Tank Farm in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Tony Olorho, Fenog HDD Technician, said: â€œThis is a new chapter in drilling.
We are the first company to achieve this feat of 1,631 metres length at 40 feet using the latest HDD equipment, though we are not the first company to use the equipment but we are the first to conclude a job in less time at such a long distance in Africa.â€