Nigerdock builds offshore living quarters

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By Sebastine Obasi

The local content initiative of the federal government appears to be taking root as the first offshore living quarters have been built at the Nigerdock fabrication yard, Lagos.

David Murray, Deputy Managing Director, Nigerdock said that the seven-floor living quarters, with an overall tonnage of 1,500 was built for Ofon 11 project of Total E & P Nigeria Limited.

According to him, “local content is important. This is the first time such fabrication is done in Nigeria. It compares with the standard in Europe and America. We worked 1 million man-hours without any hazard or casualty.”

He also said that 11 Nigerian sub-contractors and 1,300 other Nigerians worked on the project, and explained that the module has internal living area of 3,500 square metres with a capacity to accommodate 140 persons. It also has a helideck.

Also speaking, Mr. Akinola Odusote, Managing Director, OOP Engineering Limited, one of the indigenous sub-contractors, said that the project bidding was done in 2006, while the project actually started in 2010.

He also said that most of the procurement, electrical works, plumbing and installation were done by Nigerians. “This is the first living quarters to be built in Nigeria, for Nigeria and by Nigerians,” he said.

The Total Ofon field is located offshore at OML 102, in approximately 40 metre water depth, 60 kilometers off the Nigerian South-East coast. The OML102 is a joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which owns 60 percent and TOTAL, which owns 40 percent. It is operated by TOTAL

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