General Electric (GE) has recorded another milestone in its oil and gas facility in Onne, Rivers State, Nigeria, by exhibiting an exceptional safety record. In the last 10 years of operations, GE has not had any incidents at its Onne facility resulting in lost work time for any of the technicians, engineers or other personnel working in the facility.
Continually expanding capabilities
Operating since 2002, GE’s purpose-built facility in Onne is the first quayside facility of its calibre in Nigeria. GE’s Onne facility is the cornerstone of its commitment to Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. With continually expanding capabilities, the site provides complete assembly, testing and lifecycle service for subsea tree systems, subsea control modules, specialty connectors and pipe.
Safety as an integral part of daily operations
President and CEO of GE Nigeria, Dr Lazarus Angbazo, commented: “This achievement was due to GE’s outstanding environmental health and 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 that the safety record at the Onne facility underscores GE’s commitment to localisation, continued investment in the Nigerian economy and the creation of jobs for Nigerians. He said that GE will continue to improve service capabilities in Onne through constant training and retraining of the engineers and technicians.
Shell safety performance awarded
In recognition of this achievement, GE received a ‘Meritorious Safety Performance Award,’ an award that Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) awards to its partners that prioritise safety in their operations.
SPEPCO’s Head of Subsea Intervention, Awwal Abubakar, who spoke at a brief ceremony in Onne commended GE’s remarkable safety standards which he said aligns with Shell’s corporate policy of ‘Safety First.’ He stated that: “In Bonga field today we have 40 GE trees producing oil safely and successfully and it all started from the GE Onne facility,” said Abubakar. He also commented on GE’s high quality standards and the growth in Nigerian personnel at the Onne facility over the past few years.
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn