June 8, 2009

SON awards Oando Gas & Power ISO 2000 certification

By Yemie Adeoye
OANDO Gas & Power,    pioneer of natural gas piping and distribution to industrial end- users and a subsidiary of Oando Plc announced that it had received the endorsement of the International Standard Organization (ISO) for its world class operations and service delivery with the award of the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 certification.

With this certification, Oando Gas & Power, one of the 15 short_listed companies for the development of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan, has demonstrated its commitment to world class operational standards and processes.

ISO 9001:2000 is a quality management system that demonstrates through documentation, that a company is quality conscious and is able to meet the quality needs of its customers.

The underlining features are management responsibility, resource management, product realization, monitoring, analysis and continuous improvement.

The award of the ISO 9001:2000 certification to Oando Gas and Power was preceded by a series of rigorous and extensive audit of the company’s ‘Above Ground Installations’ (AGI), pipelines installations and operational procedures by Inspectors from the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).

Commenting on the certification Dr. Chris Onuoha, Chief EHSSQ Officer (Environment Health, Safety, Security and Quality) Oando Plc, states; “The Oando group has a very robust pre_designed Safety and Quality assurance policy inherent in the way we do business, which is consistent with the service quality expectations of ISO. This was recognised in 2006 with the certification of Oando PLC”.

Commenting further he noted that with Oando Gas & Power following suit with this certification, we have demonstrated our consistency in improving standards and service quality”.

Also commenting Chief Executive of Oando Gas & Power, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya stated that “This ISO endorsement demonstrates our consistent adherence to world_class standard in all facets of our operations. Once again, our customers and other stakeholders are now even more reassured about the quality of our services and operations”.

Oando Plc, Nigeria’s leading integrated energy solutions provider was also awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification by SON, for its world class products and service delivery in 2006, making it then the only petroleum marketing company in Nigeria to have had its processes, products and services comprehensively audited and endorsed by ISO as meeting international standards.

It would be recalled that the company recently won a $150 million two_year drilling contract with Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) for its oilfields in the Niger Delta swamps.

The contract had further demonstrated the company’s commitment to its audacious upstream expansion having invested significantly in the rigs business over the last two years with aspirations of becoming a dominant player in the land and swamp rig business.

In execution of the contract, Oando will be deploying two of its most sophisticated swamp rigs in its fleet with the capacity to drill under high temperatures, high pressure of 15,000 psi and to depths in excess of 30,000ft.