Royal Boskalis Westminste (Netherlands) has been awarded a number of contracts in Nigeria with a total value of approximately EUR90 million. The largest contract was awarded by Prodeco International and involves dredging and reclamation works for the expansion of the Federal Lighter Terminal and the Federal Ocean Terminal in Onne Port, which is managed by Intels Nigeria, a large logistic service supplier to the oil and gas industry.
Boskalis will reclaim approximately 180 hectares of land for
the further development of the Onne Port Oil & Gas Free Zone. The material
required for the reclamation works will be sourced from nearby creeks and
rivers using a cutter dredger and a medium-sized hopper dredger. The project is
set to commence mid-2011 and will last approximately two to three years.
Three other recently awarded projects in Nigeria are related
to construction of riverbed protection works, maintenance dredging of canals
and land reclamation works - all in the Niger Delta.
CSIRO from Australia is undertaking a survey tour towards the Australian Bight for a baseline survey looking for oil traces in the water. The surveyors are deploying a CTD and a gravity corer measuring possible traces of oil in the water column. The survey mission also consists of hydrographic mapping techniques, GIS and environmental specialists to make sure the situation before exploration is mapped well in order to know what the environmental consequences of an eventual oil seepage or leak may consist of.