In compliance with Nigeria’s local content initiative, Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, has unveiled a new ultra-modern double/quadruple joint plant at its massive fabrication yard in Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The plant, which is part of its capacity development initiative, was commissioned by Ernest Nwapa, executive secretary, Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
Nwapa emphasized that the board has recorded tremendous success in the development of local in-country capacity by Nigerian companies. He commended Saipem for continuous improvement in its in-country capacity.
Giuseppe Surace, managing director, Saipem Contractor Nigeria Limited, explained that the double/quadruple joint workshop is one in the series of Saipem’s capacity development initiatives involving not only the development of infrastructure but investment in human capacity building.
He stated that in the past 10 years, the company has continued to invest massively in the expansion of the capacity of its yard in Rumuolumeni Base Port Harcourt to support its in-country fabrication capability.
Surace further said that Saipem’s continued investment and contribution to the economy of Nigeria has earned her a place in the list of top 100 companies in Nigeria.
He acknowledged the support of its clients like Exxonmobil, SNEPCO, NAOC and particularly Total E & P in sustaining the operations at the fabrication yard by the award of contracts and assured that Saipem will continue to invest in the development of modern state of the art infrastructure and human resources to support its operations in Nigeria.
The event drew dignitaries like C.P. Okorie, GM, monitoring and evaluation, NCDMB; Nicolas Brunet, deputy MD, Total E & P; Vassily Barberopoulos, MD, Nigeria Foundaries Limited as well as members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Local Content, representatives of Shell, Chevron, Exxonmobil, Energy Works Technologies Limited, Cico Construction Nigeria Limited, Mudiame Nigeria Limited, Pipe Coaters Nigeria Limited and representatives of the host community.

Maureen Nzeogu
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