Delegates of the Dubai National Petroleum Construction Company, (NPCC) visited NAPIMS on Wednesday November 25, 2009 at the NipeX office to have a firsthand briefing on the activities, prospects and challenges of the Nigerian oil and Gas industry.
The visit was necessitated by the drive for NPCC’s expansion in Africa with the major objective of establishing relationship, creating investment, and having a better understanding of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector. NPCC was established in April 1973 to provide a facility for the fabrication of steel structures required by the Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Production Industry.
The late seventies saw NPCC growing through considerable expansion with the construction of its own pipe coating facilities and the launching of a successful Offshore Services Division providing full marine spreads for Pipe laying, Installation and Hook-up works. NPCC’s dynamic growth, its past achievements and new facilities have transformed this National Company into a major international contractor capable of providing the Offshore and Onshore Oil & Gas industry with complete Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC).
NPCC has a total production capacity of 67,000 tons of fabricated steel per year; NPCC’s custom-built facilities are the largest and most technologically advanced in the Middle East. GGM, NAPIMS Dr. Ayo Balogun (represented by Dr. I.N. Ohiaeri GM, NipeX) acknowledged how well NPCC has done since its establishment in 1973 and affirmed that their services would be required in Nigeria as 90% of fabrication is still done outside the country. He said their visit came at a time when their service is urgently required. A presentation on NAPIMS operations was made by GGM NAPIMS; after which major issues affecting the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector were discussed.
The GGM NAPIMS said the problem in the Niger–Delta could be reduced by the establishment of more companies in Nigeria, thereby creating a competitive environment, cost reduction and capacity building through NipeX usage. He said NipeX was established to provide efficiency and transparency in the contracting process as well as foster the development of Nigeria content. GM Joint Venture (JV) Operations commended NPCC for its achievements and giant success in fabrication in the Middle East and expressed his enthusiasm regarding the intention of NPCC to establish a fabrication industry in Nigeria as it would be beneficial to both parties.
Subsequently, the delegates expressed willingness to start operations immediately, if NNPC would facilitate the necessary processes required for their establishment in Nigeria. GGM NAPIMS assured the delegates that NNPC would do everything within its power to support them in their quest to establishing an office in Nigeria as this will create more job opportunities and enhance capacity building.