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The MD NETCO, Engr. Siky Aliyu on Monday June 20, 2016 joined other eminent Nigerians and stakeholders in the Oil and Gas Industry to commission and sail away TOTAL’s Ofon Platforms Project to be located in Akwa Ibom State. The commissioning ceremony took place at the Nigerdock yard at Snake Island, Lagos.

Welcoming guests and other industry leaders to the epoch ceremony, the Jagal Group Chairman, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani thanked everyone for finding time to grace the occasion. In particular, he thanked TOTAL for the award of the job and the confidence reposed in the company. He was equally grateful to the Federal Government of Nigeria, GGM NAPIMS and the Nigerian Content Board for growing local capacity in the industry.

The Group Chairman paid glowing tributes to the workforce who were able to accomplish the project within the specified timeline without any lost time incident. He said that its workforce had been given the best of training both in Nigeria and overseas and thus make them thoroughbred professionals. He requested for more patronage and job flow from the government so as to keep the highly experienced workforce engaged in order not to throw them into the labour market as the nature of the business involves heavy investment in people, equipment and machineries.

The completion of the platform will boost the production of oil and gas by TOTAL from 25,000 to 65,000 barrels per day and it will also enable the Joint Venture to stop gas flaring at the Ofon field.

The EPC project which was awarded to Nigerdock, an indigenous company had over twenty three Nigerian main sub – contract companies which enabled the seamless delivery of the entire scope. The project also afforded the creation of over three thousand direct jobs and benefited over one hundred stakeholders through the entire supply chain. The project was completed within 3.2 million man – hours without any lost time incident.

According to Mr. Jamakani, a total of 6,000 Nigerian personnel were trained extensively on the project and this also goes to show the company’s commitment to meeting the Federal Government of Nigeria’s objective of growing local capacity in the oil and gas industry.

The Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu represented by the Group General Manager NAPIMS, Mr. Dafe Sejebor cut the tape to declare the platform safe to sail to its location.