By Jimitota Onoyume
AVEON Offshore has unveiled its 257 tons Egina Subsea Production Manifold in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru said the development has reaffirmed the commitment of the company to the implementation of Nigerian Content Act.
He said the six manifolds constructed by Aveon Offshore with each weighing 257tons were the heaviest so far built in Africa.
“The Egina 6 slots production manifolds are the first of its in Nigeria. Subsea production manifold deployed for previous deep water projects has maximum 4 slots.
“By today’s event, we have reaffirmed our commitment to the Nigerian Content Act. We celebrate today a clear demonstration of the growing efficacy of the Nigerian content act.’’
Dr Baru said it was heart warming to note that despite the over four million man hour on the project, there was no loss time injury and the fabrication firm worked within the limit of the budget.
He further commended the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS and other stakeholders for the support to the fabrication firm to achieve the feat.
Earlier, Chairman of Aveon Offshore limited, Mr George Tein said his company has proved those who initially doubted if they could handle the construction wrong, adding that it was a major success that they delivered the project on schedule.
Others who also gave goodwill speeches were the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jean-petter Kjenpruo and the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr Simbi k. Wabote.