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US firm makes progress at Rivers oil facility

18 June 2015, 20:32

Lagos - General Electric, the American multinational conglomerate corporation, has commenced fabrication of subsea wellheads at its Onne facility in the Rivers State.

This achievement comes at the culmination of 4 years of planning, capital investment and training of Nigerian personnel to establish the first of its kind capability in Nigeria.

The new investment has resulted in a 40 percent increase of covered work shop area at Onne facility and additional permanent staff.

President and CEO of General Electric Nigeria, Dr Lazarus Angbazo, confirmed the development in Lagos.

He said with this development, surface well head systems used in drilling for Oil and gas on land and offshore will now be done in GE’s Oil and gas facility in Onne.

Also read: NOSDRA confirms fresh oil spill from ExxonMobil facility in A'Ibom

It aligned with the Federal Government’s local content law and the clamour for capacity building, skill acquisition and technology transfer.

“This is not about ticking the box on local content compliance. “It’s about localizing our people, localizing our capabilities; localizing our suppliers and localizing the training and the human capital. This is the only thing that makes sustainable business sense to support our huge investments in the country.”

Actual manufacturing operations will begin in GE’s oil and gas facility in a couple of months in Onne. Operating since 2002, this purpose-built facility is the first and only quayside facility of its calibre in Nigeria.

- CAJ News


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