General Electric oil and gas in Onne, Nigeria, reached an oil safety record in June 2015, based on Sheq standards, training, re-training, and localisation.
In ten years of operations, GE Nigeria has had no fatal or lot time injury incidents at its Onne facility, including technicians, engineers, and other personnel.
President and CEO of GE Nigeria, Dr Lazarus Angbazo, said: “This achievement was due to GE’s outstanding environmental health and oil safety standards, and all the employees in Onne that make quality and safety an integral part of how they operate on a daily basis.”
Dr Angbazo said they were committed to localisation, continued investment in the Nigerian economy, and creation of jobs for Nigerians.
GE will continue to improve service capabilities and oil safety in Onne through constant training and retraining of engineers and technicians.
The site received the award for Meritorious Safety Performance from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) for its partners who prioritise oil safety in their operations.
SPEPCO’s Head of Subsea Intervention, Awwal Abubakar, visited Onne to commend GE’s remarkable safety standards, which align with Shell’s corporate policy of ‘Safety First’.
He said; “In Bonga field we have 40 GE sub-sea ‘trees’ producing oil safely and successfully, and it all started from the GE Onne facility.”
He also commented on GE’s high quality standards and the growth in Nigerian personnel at the Onne facility over the past few years.
Operating since 2002, GE’s purpose-built facility in Onne is the first quayside facility of its calibre in Nigeria.
With continually expanding capabilities, Onne site provides complete assembly, testing and life cycle service for subsea tree systems, subsea control modules, specialty connectors and pipe.
It also includes a dedicated on-site training centre and offers broad business development opportunities for local suppliers.
* Sources; GE Nigeria. GE Newsroom. Subseaworldnews.com.