Kaztec Engineering prepares to begin operation of Snake Island fabrication yard
BY MELANIE CRUTHIRDS, News Editor
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Kaztec Engineering, a Nigerian fabricator of drilling and production platforms and other specialized structures for the oil and gas industry, has confirmed that construction of a new fabrication yard at Snake Island Integrated Free Zone in Lagos is on schedule, and that the facility is set to begin operation in the coming month.
Kaztec is building the Snake Island fabrication yard in partnership with Addax Petroleum. The total cost of the project is estimated at $350 million. Future plans call for development of a pipe coating and pipe rolling mill, to open in 2014, and a dry dock and logistics base projected, to be operational in 2015. Overall investment for the entire three-phase development is anticipated to total more than US $1 billion.
When operational, Kaztec's Snake Island fabrication yard will fabricate topside modules, jackets and other equipment used by operators.
Kaztec, which recently entered into a one-year contract with Shell for the EPC Trans-Niger pipeline project worth $84.5 million, is a subsidiary of the Chrome Group, a West African oil and gas conglomerate. In addition to the fabrication yard under development, Kaztec owns and operates a number of vessels, including DLB Ekulo Cheyenne, which is one of the biggest pipelay and construction barges in the Gulf of Guinea, with a lifting capacity of 850 t.