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Oilserve, an indigenous oil servicing company, says it is committed to completing the various gas pipeline projects valued at over $500 million it is currently undertaking in the country.

Some of the gas projects are meant to enhance the Federal Government aspiration towards stable power supply in the country. The construction of some of the projects is expected to be completed within the next 20 months, especially the OB3 project.

In addition to ensuring that the projects are completed on time, the company is also installing protective devices to protect the gas pipelines against vandalism.

Disclosing this at the just concluded Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, Texas, United States of America, Emeka Ogwuosa, managing director/CEO, Oilserve Services Limited, stated that already the company had commenced the construction of about 11 new projects involving pipeline construction and associated projects expected to be fully protected and installed to international standards.

The Oilserve boss lauded the government policy on local content development, saying that local companies were fully positioned to explore the oil and gas industry.

Oilserve is one of the companies constructing OB3 pipeline from Rivers State to Edo State, the pipeline which is describe as one of the longest in the country, would convey gas to the various power stations along that axis.

“The project is now at construction stage after overcoming the initial challenges. We have finished the engineering aspect, and we have procured the entire pipes. The initial constraint of right-of-way has been resolved by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),” he said.

Beyond the OB3 project, the company is executing about 10 more projects at the same time making everything to come to 11 projects, he said, noting further that “what this shows you is that we have the capacity and competence to handle various projects and strategically deal with host communities, which are carried along with the project.”

According to him, there is always a need for gas-to-power utilisation in the country through a well structured infrastructure facility, adding that in case of the remote power plants, the government can look at alternative sources of getting gas to the plant either as Compressed Natural Gas or Liquefied Natural gas. “These are the areas we are working to put together to be able to meet the immediate challenges of gas to power,” he said.

Commenting on possible vandalism of the pipelines, he said vandalism was a major issue in Nigeria and the company was always putting this into consideration by adopting various hi-tech systems that protects pipelines.

There is pioneering pipeline vandalism technology called fibre optics system, which the company is installing on its new projects, such as the 51 kilometres Umusadebe pipeline, he said.

“That system is so sensitive that it can differentiate between when somebody is walking on top of the pipeline and when somebody is driving across, so it is possible to determine what is happening along the right of way and determine whether it is a threat to the pipeline, and you will have a control system that will enable you to take action,” he said further.

Article Credit: Businessdayonline

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