NPA Explores Greenfields, To Attract Investments , Boost PPP

Hadiza Usman, MD NPA
  • As Dangote begins installation of oil refinery equipment

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman is currently exploring and identifying possibilities for green fields development as well as foreign direct investment funding, along the lines of Public Private Partnership (PPP) across board.

Hadiza indicated this in Lagos, during the NPA Executive Management’s tour and inspection of the vast facilities of the organization at Tarkwa Bay location, assuring that she would personally ensure an optimal utilization of the Organization’s  facilities at all location, with a view to generating greater dividends for the country through the Seaports.

The Managing Director stated that management was already considering the benefits of rehabilitating the Lagos Light House at Tarkwa Bay, in a bid to prioritize the possibility of deploying an A.I.S (Automatic Identification System) at the location; as this would enhance smooth Navigation to approaches of Lagos Ports, by vessels calling at the Ports.

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd right); Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies (right) Executive Director, Engineering & Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar (left) Executive Director, Finance and Admin. Mohammed Bello-Koko (2nd left); when the organization’s Executive management inspected facilities at Tarkwa Bay.

She was equally of the view that the revitalization of Tarkwa Bay and optimal use of the facilities there, would create more employment opportunities, thereby reducing inflationary rate, noting that the gesture holds the possibility of further stimulating the economic growth of the country.

Hadiza observed that the management team is already engaging relevant stakeholders in vibrant dialogue, aimed at identifying and eliminating encumbrances on the Authority’s infrastructure, while tackling and resolving man-made bottlenecks, so as to create mutual understanding and a better enabling environment for businesses to thrive at the sea ports.

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman enroute inspection of facilities at Tarkwa Bay to her right is Executive Directors, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies; Engineering and Technical Sevices Prof. Idris Abubakar; and Mohammed Bello-Koko (Standing).

The high point of the event was the location and assessment of Inagbe Grand Resort facility and Estate – a typical direct Public Private Partnership (PPP) investment effort within the Tarkwa Bay environment.

Those who made the facilities tour included the Executive Directors for Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies; Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubarkar; and Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko all of who joined hands to support the NPA’s Chief Executive during the assignment.

Other top Management on the entourage were the General Managers, Western Ports, Abiodun Gbadamosi, Physical Planning and Development, Engr. Rufai Mohammed and Public Affairs, Elder Uduonofit Effiong amongst others.

In the meantime, Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited has said the installation of equipment for the crude oil refinery being built in Lagos will begin this month.

The Head, Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance and Construction, DORC, Mr. Rama Putta, told our correspondent, who visited the site of the plant, that the 650,000-barrels-per-day refinery would come on stream by September 2019.

According to him, the basic engineering work has reached 98 per cent completion; the detailed engineering, 90 per cent; 3D modelling, 80 per cent; long lead items ordering, 100 per cent; bulk plates ordering, 90 per cent; equipment and bulk items, 50 per cent; and construction activities, 25 per cent.

He said the sand filling of the site was completed six months ago, adding that 60 per cent of the land was swampy.

Putta said bringing the land to three metres above the mean sea level was the biggest challenge, adding, “The sand is tightly compacted and ready for the erection of the equipment. No flood can affect our area. The surrounding area is only one metre above the mean sea level. The entire Lagos is only 1.5 metres above the main sea level.

“We dredged sand from the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 million cubic metres. The world’s biggest dredgers dredged the sand for about 18 months. It’s a big job and is completed successfully. Now, what is left is to erect the equipment.”

Our correspondent was taken round the site to see some of the materials, including steel, plates and cranes, which were brought in for the construction of the refinery.

Putta stated, “We need a lot of big cranes. All the equipment are going to come horizontally; they are to be put vertically. That is why to lift them, we need cranes. We need 300 cranes; 250 cranes are already here. The remaining cranes are coming from China.

“We will start erecting the refinery equipment in a week or 10 days’ time, and it will take about 15 to 20 months.”

According to him, about 3,000 pieces of equipment are required for the refinery.

He noted, “Out of that, more than 200 have already come in. They come in semi-finished shape and we will finish them off. The remaining are being manufactured in various countries, including China, India, America, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

“The challenge is bringing heavy equipment. There are 300 very heavy equipment and we have given contracts to the biggest shippers in the world to bring them from different countries.”

Additional report from Punch