Helicopter view of EGP3
Helicopter view of EGP3
Managing Director, Chris Roberts on site
Managing Director, Chris Roberts on site
With Yomatech, its always, Safety First!
With Yomatech, its always, Safety First!
Yomatech staff at EGP3
Yomatech staff at EGP3
A Yomatech professional
A Yomatech professional

Yomatech completes 75% of E & I EGP3 contract with Hyundai and Chevron. Challenges, milestones and lessons learnt.

Yomatech Nigeria limited was awarded the EGP-3 E & I contract in November 2007 by Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea working for the Chevron/NNPC JV. The project was located in the swamps of the Escrovos in Delta State Southern Nigerian.

The contract awarded to Yomatech was to run for a period of 18 months minimum or 24 months maximum. The contract was for the package A, E & I which covered cable laying grounding, cable pulling and tray installation and the package B which included substation termination and testing.

The contract value was valued at close to 4 million USD and the approved manpower mobilization plan for Yomatech was to peak at about 240 personnel on active site duty comprising of both the RDC/PGAPA nominated community unskilled workforce of 40%, and 60% of Yomatech direct skilled personnel.

From the mobilization stages, to actual execution stages was indeed a challenging experience, the Yomatech project technique of adaptability to existing core conditions was swung into motion. The ESCRAVOS EGP3 was an already established project site with its own established procedural rules, which had to be adhered with by any contractor mobilized to site. We submitted our project execution plan which was received by Chevron, modifications were made and subsequently it was approved before we mobilized our initial and main team to site.

Community based challenges

The second challenge we had to deal with was the community challenge in that same December of 2007. The entire Chevron oilfield in Southern Warri and Escravos, have pre-signed GMOU's with all the additional local communities that make up their geographical spread of operations. These communities have their various RDCs (Regional Development Councils). The three ethnic groups that make up the Chevron area are basically the itshekeris, the ijaws and the illajes in ascending order, each of these ethnic groups have their RDC's representatives that directly represent the ethnic groups in Chevron through a dept called PGAPA. for each company that got a fresh contract on this terrain to have to be initiated into their tradition of nominations and the intrigues of getting a list of nominations. It took us a total of 8 weeks after intense lobbying with the community and RDC/PGAPA leaders to even get a list of nominations of unskilled/ semiskilled community workers to enable us prepare for an interview of over 600 nominations,. To agree for an interview venue was also a tribal issue we were constrained to use the itsekiris choice of palmgroove hotel as they were the dominant ethnic group in the entire setting. We were however able to put our foot down on the interview date and made selection for the nominations that were based on merit. Although, the majority of the nominations were largely unskilled and uneducated, we had to rely on relevant and suitable past experiences on similar projects as the criteria for consideration. By the 13 th week of mobilization, the Yomatech team of engineers and the labour force swung into action and commenced work with a total of 54 workers.

Project leadership challenges

The initial idea by the Yomatech management was to bring in a Romanian or French E & I engineer as project manager to deliver the project on schedule, but due to the security disturbances in the Niger Delta area, most of the expatriate's project managers we had contacted declined our employment offer at the last minute citing security concerns. Alternatively, we had to make use of our Nigerian Engineers and Technicians and effectively we set up a project management team at the Escravos site which were made up of 3QA/QC Engineers, 3 Safety Officers, 2 Planning and Documentation Engineers with primavera and specialized project planning skills, 3 Administrative Superintendents, established a materials management team into its own distinct specialized functions, then we also set up a chain of field supervisors who clearly knew their functions on the field, this was aimed on impacting on overall progress as our monthly invoices depended solely on the overall progress, achievement per month multiplied by the unit rates of each specific scope item. I will say here that our success on this project largely depended on the commitment of our specialized project team members mentioned above, especially the E & I field supervisors who provided the field directions and supervisions that translated into actual project goals and progress.

Challenges and schedule deviations

Some of the challenges we encountered on the project ranged from late arrival of materials from Korea , slow approval from PGAPA in the manpower mobilization processes, the excessive rains which impacted on schedule and resulted in huge man- hour losses. Above all, the EGP3 E & I contract for Yomatech has provided a thorough learning curve on projects with such demands and magnitude and has further positioned us as an indigenous E & I company with capabilities to strategically deploy the wholesome use of local resources in the execution of such huge projects for clients in the near future.

We sincerely want to thank Hyundai Heavy Industries HHI and Chevron Nigerian Limited for giving us the opportunity to undertake and complete all the vital aspect of this project.

Under a new modified contract presently, Hyundai is to use all our existing manpower and site resources to complete the remaining 25% portion of the remaining contract scope in an integrated catch up schedule to enable Chevron handover the functional live Gas plant to her client, the Nigerian Government.

Another victorious outing for Yomatech Nigeria Limited,

as we continue to provide strategic specialized support services to the multinational companies in Nigeria 's oil and gas sector.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY . TO ALL THE WORKERS AND THE ENTIRE PROJECT TEAM OUR HEART GOES OUT TO YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS OUTING IN THE LAST 2 YAERS A HUGE SUCCES FOR US.

Chris Roberts

Managing Director.