Promoting Local Content for Local Growth
Writer: Emily Jarvis
Project Manager: Eddie Clinton
With an unparalleled record of delivering oil & gas projects to the highest international standards, West Africa’s leading oil & gas services Company, Nigerdock, has now firmly established its position as the number one EPC, fabrication and marine services Company in the country.
From its strategic location on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone in Lagos, Nigerdock operates safe and secure projects for its customers, including world-class engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects, fabrication, marine and ship repair services, industrial training, logistics and support services.
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jagal, a diverse Nigerian conglomerate, the Company has achieved substantial growth while developing into the largest fabrication facility and ship repair yard in West Africa.
“Jagal’s significant investment of more than US$250 million since the introduction of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act in 2010 has helped us to enhance our capabilities in engineering to meet all international codes of construction. Today, we have the best training facility in the country, where we continuously train offshore welders, grinders, fitters, blasters, painters, scaffolders and riggers to the highest levels obtainable. This strategically helps us retain the best talent and expertise to deliver in accordance with international quality and safety standards,” says Acting Managing Director, David Murray.
Leadership in project execution
As a consequence of its growth and to ensure the quality delivery of its oil & gas and marine services, Nigerdock is organised into four main standalone divisions; namely offshore fabrication, marine services, support base and training. Demonstrating full commitment to the highest health & safety standards in the industry and compliance with environmental procedures, the Company is now firmly established as the number one address for EPC contracting in Nigeria, underpinned by a leadership and commitment policy based on empowerment and people development.
For many years, Nigerdock has remained at the forefront of the Nigerian Government’s drive for local development and has achieved a remarkable number of firsts for an Indigenous oil & gas contractor. A staunch advocate of this bold Government initiative, Nigerdock delivers in every area; particularly, in job creation, value addition and training and development, and has come to be recognised as the “Nigerian content champion”.
Murray explains: “We are known as a leader in the development of local Nigerian content in our industries, and build on this to achieve operational excellence and growth through continuous training of our workforce. Investing in technological resources also enables us to deliver value to our shareholders, customers, employees and the economy.”
Given its long history of delivering large and complex projects in the country, Nigerdock is proud to have generated employment opportunities for thousands of local workers, delivering hundreds of thousands of hours worth of specialised training. “We have proved that driving local content and integrating into the community can achieve great things when implemented successfully, resulting in Nigerdock’s ability to deliver multiple, large-scale projects, safely, cost-effectively and on-schedule,” he notes.
Since inception in 1986, the Nigerdock Training Centre has been committed to providing the highest quality needs-based training interventions. This in-house training facility consists of fully-equipped classrooms, an ICT room, a library, and a workshop and machining room; the latter two fully equipped with welding booths, welding machines, pipe fitting benches, a lathe machine, milling machines and more.
Throughout the course of its existence, the training centre has offered several bespoke programmes for Nigerdock’s clients in the oil & gas industry; including IOCs, major oil contractors and Federal Government agencies. Training is conducted by a blend of multinational subject matter experts to an international standard through a combination of theoretical, practical and, where applicable, on-the-job training, with a concerted focus on safety, quality and workplace values.
In addition, Nigerdock’s influence has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the oil & gas industry, with some stakeholders across the industry often citing that “no Company does more, or is more passionate and committed to quality training than Nigerdock”.
Proud safety culture
Demonstrating absolute commitment to the safety and wellbeing of its workforce by upholding an impressive world-class safety record - having performed more than eight million man-hours without a lost time injury - Nigerdock’s safety performance was highlighted in 2013 when the Company was ranked first in Nigeria, second place in Africa and ninth in the world in a survey by Exxon Mobil. Year on year, Nigerdock’s safety performance has shown significant improvement which again reflects the Company’s total commitment to health & safety.
Recognising the unique environment in which it operates, and the importance of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders including Law Enforcement and Regulatory Agencies, Nigerdock has always touched upon the importance of being properly integrated in the host community and touching lives by giving back.
“Nigerdock engages in formal and regular interaction with all relevant stakeholders in the community to address communal needs and to identify creative ways to foster an enabling environment for the four separate host communities on Snake Island. The Company has a structured corporate social responsibility Initiative that focuses on health and hygiene, education, and economic empowerment,” explains the Company.
Nigerdock’s stakeholders have come to recognise and respect the Company as a valued, trusted and progressive partner with whom they have established a mutually beneficial partnership.
The next frontier
As part of its strategic plans for integrated support services, Nigerdock is developing a deep-water support centre for the oil & gas industry in support of the offshore drilling campaigns and logistics services required by the country’s energy sector.
Murray concludes: “Nigerdock is embedding a culture of excellence across all facets of its business, proving that a wholly-Nigerian Company can offer and deliver world-class services in the Nigerian oil & gas industry. Nigerdock is proudly Nigerian and remains committed to delivering value to our stakeholders, building local capacity and working to global standards.
“We will continue to add value to the oil & gas and maritime industries, as well as the Nigerian economy by providing products and services to world-class standards of safety, quality and on-time delivery.”