The effort by the Nigerian Society of Engineers to promote Nigerian Codes and Standards, through its Divisions like the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, have begun to yield positive results as the practitioners in the oil and gas sector have taken up the gauntlet and commenced work toward establishing a unifying Codes and Standards in Mechanical Engineering for the sector.
This was a result of the Stakeholders’ Meetings of the Mechanical Engineers in Oil and Gas sector held in conference hall of Homegates Resort, Hotel, Lekki. The event which had held twice during the year had the combined participants from Shell, Chevron, NAPIMS, NETCO, Yinka Falawiyo Energy DeltaAfrik Engineering, Pivot Pigs, PETAN, SON, Offshore Dimensions, Richardson Oil and Gas… among others.
Sparking the light on the event was the iconic Fela Durotoye who delivered a highly charged Keynote address on the Secret of possibilities and the pathway toward accomplishment of any goal. He charged the Group to have their eyes on the future. He especially noted that Nigerian Engineers have the capacity to set a precedence in Africa but this will only happen if “…as one people speaking with one voice, then nothing they can imagine that won’t be possible or achievable.”
Earlier in his remark, the National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, NIMechE, Prof. Ademola Adisa Bello, has charged the gathering and proclaimed: “The only way forward is to break the barriers for codes and standards in Nigeria”. He said that the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Isaac Ademola Olurunfemi FNSE has charged Divisions of NSE of which NIMechE is one to make the development of Nigerian Codes and Standards as their priorities and key into the Vision.
He said sacrifices are needed to ensure that the aim of the series of stake holders meeting became a complete success.
Engineering Codes and standards is like a “Baton” transferred from one generation of Mechanical Engineers to another. It is expected to continue its advances as generation after generation takes off from where the previous one stops.
Mr. Seun Faluyi, the chairman, NIMechE Codes and Standards Committee, revised the decisions, recommendations and conclusions that were taken at the first meeting.
In his address, Engr Faluyi, who is also the Managing Director of Offshore Dimensions Limited, noted that Nigerians employ other countries Codes and standards for its Engineering use. And various Codes and Standards exist in the system. He noted that some practitioners using only the Standards of their country of origin or training. The importance of the meeting, therefore, is to establish unifying Codes and standards that will be used by Nigerian Engineers for the industrial purpose. Other focus of the meeting as defined by the group’s term of reference, to establish minimum Technical requirement for Mechanical Engineering practice applicable in the upstream and downstream Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria.
After intensive deliberation, the group agreed on the focus areas which are as follows: Pipeline, Piping, Pressure vessels and Mobile storage vessels. This will be the starting point while other areas will be included with time.
The following Engineers were assigned to lead the sub-groups, Engr. Ibrahim Bagudu of NAPIMS ( PIPELINE), Chiedu Ejiofor of Shell (PIPING), Jimi Gaiya (PRESSURE VESSELS), Engr. C.C. Iluno (MOBILE STORAGE)
Workshop plans were also scheduled for the working groups while the timeline for completion of the entire process is fixed at 24 months. Four workshops are scheduled for the next few months. And would be hosted in January, April, July and October 2016 With the following companies hosting or sponsoring them- NAPIMS, Shell, NETCO and DeltaAfrik in that order.
Engr. Ayo Fanimokun representing COREN gave a closing address by appreciating every participant.
Report by Isqil Najim (@isqilnajim)