The Shell Nembe-Cawthorne Channel Trunkline Replacement (NCTL)
The Nembe Creek Pipeline construction was the largest single project under the SPDC joint venture’s asset integrity programme that replaced more than 1000 km of deteriorated major pipelines and flowlines in the last five years in Nigeria.
In mid 2007, the package A of the NCTL pipeline project was awarded to Nestoil as part of the crucial programme of replacement of deteriorated pipelines and flowlines. Package A of this 97km Nembe Cawthorne Channel Shell pipeline project involved major construction in a harsh mangrove swamp terrain of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria and traversed three cluster communities and 100 autonomous indigenous communities in both Bayelsa and Rivers State of Nigeria.
The pipeline installation required 7 major river crossings, the longest (Sego River) being approximately 1.1km. Another 44 minor river and creek crossings of various sizes required extensive dredging activities. It also required the fabrication and site installation of 2 brand new main Tie-in manifolds at Nembe 1 and San Bath, hook up to 6 other manifolds, 4 pig traps and associated piping.
Nestoil mobilised for field construction in 2008, a time when the security challenges in the Niger Delta was at its peak. On September 24, 2010, Nestoil successfully completed and commissioned this project one month ahead of schedule.
In addition to several Shell Commendation Awards received by Nestoil for a satisfactory and timely project execution and commissioning, it also received a Shell Award certificate for executing high risk activities in the face of a challenging security situation without a single fatality. 98% of the workforce who were involved with this project were Nigerians, including the Project Manager and the numerous project Engineers. This is a great testament to Nigeria’s Local content policy and the development of indigenous manpower.