Mosimi depot rehabilitation to increase storage capacity
Speaking at the commissioning of four Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) storage tanks at Mosimi depot, Baru said the combined storage capacity represent over 54 per cent of the total storage capacity for PMS and has significantly enhance strategic storage capacity of PMS nationwide.
He explained that the completion of the tanks and the gauging/ metering technology adopted, has underscored some of the corporation’s key business focus areas.According to him, some of the focus areas include the reduction of waste and stopping of leakages, push for best practice efficiency in operations, driving delivery and execution, and maximising profitability.
He also added that the non-usage of decrepit tanks imposed operational constraints to product storage and distribution in the Mosimi area, which he added, in turn negatively impacted the turnaround time of product vessels at Atlas scale Cove Jetty with concomitant huge demurrage charges to the corporation.
He added: “It is encouraging to note that this contract, which was awarded on the basis of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) was fully completed on schedule. This is despite the challenges posed by community restiveness, change in tariffs by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) with resultant unforeseen delays and increase in duties.
“It therefore became necessary for tank 13 to be reconstructed and tanks 11, 12 and 22 be rehabilitated to restore the operational capacity of Mosimi depot and ease production distribution.
“On 17th may, 2011in line with due process, the contact for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of these four tanks was awarded to Messrs Adano Engineering Company Nigeria Limited. The contractor mobilised for works on 27th September 2011 in line with the contract.”
Messrs A.S Collins and Associate was commissioned as Engineering Consultant for Pre and Contract Supervision.The Executive Sectary Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Thomas Olawore, said Mosimi depot will play a large role in fuel distributions not only in the South West, but also in the whole country, as it will help increase the circulation to Satellite, Ibadan, Ilorin and also will enhance the movement of fuel more faster than ever.
He noted that Mosimi used to be regarded as the pipeline head quarters in Nigeria. “This is where all trains and pipeline are conducted in early 90s,” he added.Group General Manger, Engineering and Technology Division, NNPC, Farouk Sa’id said that the project was awarded to indigenous local engineering and was satisfactorily completed.
Sa’id lauded Federal Government initiative towards empowering indigenous companies to strive in the engineering and oil and gas industry.He said tank 13, which was gutted by fire, was totally dismantled and reconstructed, while tanks 11, 12 and 22 had their terminal buttons replaced, “ultra sonic treatment measurement test were conducted on tanks 11, 12 and 22.