Nigeria’s Train-7 project faces delay amid COVID-19 pandemic


The Nigerian LNG limited has said it will suspend the bulk of fabrication and manufacturing activities for Train-7 project till the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

This was disclosed by the  Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr Tony Attah, he said the engineering design office for the Train-7 project would open in Nigeria in August, according to a statement by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

The NCDMB and the NLNG held a kickoff meeting this week for the engineering, procurement and construction components of the project.

The virtual meeting provided an opportunity for NCDMB key officials to clarify some technical details relating to the Nigerian content components of the project.

Attah described the contract award and execution of Train-7 as a clear demonstration of the commitment of the NLNG and its shareholders to continued investment in the Nigerian oil and gas sector with the attendant creation of capacity, competence and value.

He was quoted as saying that the challenges of the pandemic had compelled the NLNG and the EPC contractors to agree on scope adjustments that would facilitate a controlled start to the execution phase of the project, with limited engineering activities for the first 12 months.

The parties have agreed mechanisms that will facilitate a ramp-up and pivot into the full scope of work as soon as clearly defined indices are achieved at which point the more traditional expectations of the project execution phase will come into play with full mobilisation of the contractor to site.

“The critical mass of construction and fabrication activities will take off when the pivot into the full project scope occurs.” he stated.

He went further to say it would create jobs, deepen competence and capacity, and unlock opportunities in the industry.

Attah said it would hopefully open the door for further expansion activities with the possibility of further LNG trains and projects.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, said, “The NLNG Train-7 project is record-breaking, and the journey has been marked with many firsts, particularly in methodology, stakeholder awareness and participation and speed of completion of the regulatory approvals by the NCDMB.” 

He challenged the lead contractors – Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo – and the subcontractors to set Nigerian content records during the project implementation phase.

He urged the contractors to adopt what he called “we can do it here” spirit with respect to job creation, trainings for new skills and in-country capacity utilisation.


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