…say we’re satisfied with the facilities
By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt
The Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Local Content have endorsed the $48 million pipe coating plants of Solewant Group as standard model under the Nigerian Content Oil and Gas Industry Content Development ( NOGICD) Act for domestication of works previously being executed outside the country by projects owners. The NOGICD Act signed by former President Goodluck Jonathan on April 22, 2010 is designed to enhance the level of participation of Nigerians and Nigerian companies in the country’s oil and gas industry.
Highlight of the visit was a tour of the facilities of Solewant Group by the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Local Content. The facilities inspected by the delegates include, Anti-Corrosion Pipe Coating Plant and Concrete Weight Coating Plant
Others include Solewant Field Joint Mobile Coating Equipment as well as the state-of-the-art laboratory.
Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Sen Adeola Olamilekan Solomon who led the delegation during the visit said the National Assembly committees in the Senate and House of Representatives are satisfied with the standard of facilities at the pipe coating plant of Solewant Group. He noted during interaction with journalists during the visit to the pipe coating plant centre that the tour has helped to confirm the competence of Solewant Group as an indigenous company, that it’s truly 100% Nigerian Content compliant and not a commissioned agent. “With the huge investment in modern facilities under local content requirement in each plant visited and local manpower, the assurance we are giving to them today is that we are with them all the way,” the Local Content Committee Chairman assured.
Senator Adeola disclosed that the government needs to support Solewant to sustain service delivery considering huge investment in Anti-corrosion plant with over 250 Nigerians fully skilled in their employment.
“We are here today on a fact-finding visit to access their competence and with what we have seen, the allegations or claims that the company lacks the capacity to carry out its Local Content obligation are false.”
The Senator promised that the Upper Chamber will amend the Local Content Act to accommodate other sectors such as construction, Information Communication Technology(ICT), and even Technology to the benefit of Nigerians.
“As far as we are concerned with Solewant, we are satisfied with what we saw today. Even for those Nigerian companies who cannot meet up with the provision of the Local Content Law, they should upgrade their equipment to meet up with the guideline of the NOGIC Act and as for us in the National Assembly, we will continue to give them the needed support,” Sen Solomon said.
Also speaking during the visit, the Chairman House Committee on Local Content, Federal House of Representatives, Hon Emmanuel Ekon described Solewant as a pride of Local Content in Nigeria. According to him, the delegation is satisfied with what they saw. “I started something in the House of Representatives to amend the Local Content Act to cover other areas such as construction and communication. The process is on course, so there is no reason Nigerian Government will go to China to borrow money to fund Local Content. We shall therefore expand the Act to accommodate other sectors so that the IOCs will not continue to dominate Nigerian companies,” the lawmaker explained.
Earlier in his speech, the Managing Director/CEO of Solewant Group, Mr Solomon Ewanehi described SOLEWANT as a product of Local Content. Assuring that the world class facilities the Senate and Federal House of Representatives Committees on Local Content have seen will be sustained, adding that SOLEWANT Group business is built on expert knowledge, outstanding client service and the highest quality work for each client that they serve. He said that they started with the acquisition of mobile coating plants and have since expanded their scope of services and competencies to include, Pipe Coating Services; anti-corrossion pipe coating services, 3LPP to 5LPP coating solutions and Conrete weight Coating Services. And that in order to further build capacity and take opportunity of the existing gap in the Nigeria line pipes milling and production industry, Solewant Group, in 2013 acquired 139,000square meters of land for the purpose of building a world class pipe coating and pipe milling/production plant facilities in Nigeria. That their strategic plan is to provide end to end Pipeline (manufacturing, Coating and Protection) construction services to the Oil, Gas, Manufacturing, Chemical and other Industries in Nigeria.
According to him Solewant is strategically positioned to provide oil and gas companies the unique pipes and pipe coating solutions that help deliver projects on schedule and within budgets. He stressed further that, apart from our state-of-the-art pipe coating laboratory , the Solewant multi-layer pipe coating plant was designed, produced to also provide pipe double joint coating solution for deep offshore locations and that the plant equipment are first class EU 3D manufactured.
According to the MD of Solewant, “We are determined and very focus in provision of the state of-the-art pipe/metals coating solutions to oil and gas industry. Solewant is work in progress and we are moving on as you all will agree with me today that the high operations and the speed of our Concrete weight coating plant centre, is a further testimony of our value creation to the industry. We are pipe/metals coating company and we will continue to deliver quality projects to the country and beyond,” the MD said.
Mr Ewenahi said the company was planning to Mill and coat pipes for the industry in the next couple of months. This, he said would be a lot of value addition to the needs of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.” , he assured.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the company thanked the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Local Content for the fact-finding visit.