By Godwin Oritse
THE Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman has said that she was impressed by the high quality of facilities and services provided by Intels Nigeria Limited at Onne Port Terminal in Rivers State.
Usman disclosed this during a visit to the Onne Port Terminal as part of her maiden tour of port facilities in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
On the facilities at Onne Port complex, she said: “I have come to Onne and I have looked at the facilities. The Port management and operations are very tidy.
We have seen the deployment of infrastructure efficiently and effectively’’.
On the Phase 4B site of the terminal, she said: “I have inspected Onne 4B and we are thinking of what we need to do within the shortest possible time to ensure that whatever government has invested in the project will be put to commercial use.
“So ,while we lease out land to developers we are not able to ensure that the developers take access of the premises and that is one of the important take-aways from this visit,’’ she added.
It will be recalled that the Onne port complex has been in existence for 30 years. It was concessioned to Intels Nigeria Limited by the Federal Government in 2006 to handle oil and gas cargo.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of INTELS, Mr. Adrew Dawes said that the provision of high quality facilities and services in Onne was the result of huge investments running into billions of dollars over the years.
“We (INTELS and NPA) are partners in the public private sector. Our policy is to invest in concessioned terminals in line with what was issued in concession agreement by NPA and the Ministry of Transport in line with Federal Government strategy on infrastructure development,’’ he said.
On Phase 4B development, he explained that it is the only facility ready to fully receive a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) alongside it.
Dawes further said that sufficient water depth, turning basin and heavy lift capacity already exist in the jetty for loads up to 50 tons.