At a well-attended cocktail event at the British High Commission office in Lagos, leading brand in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets Wood; and Nigerian-headquartered, Dorman Long Engineering Limited (Dorman Long), signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to jointly provide their maintenance services in the Gulf of Guinea.
Bringing together the companies’ expertise and comprehensive range of services supporting the maintenance of offshore and onshore oil and gas facilities across the asset life cycle, the MOA will strategically support customer demand for greater efficiencies and enhanced innovations.
During the announcement which was witnessed by Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia, said: “We are a global company that is committed to acting locally and we recognise the development of in-country relationships and expertise, as fundamental to our successful delivery.
“This collaboration with Dorman Long combines our four decades of experience providing maintenance services to the oil and gas sector with their deep local knowledge and talent. Our focus will be drawing together our strengths to support onshore and offshore assets, in particular focusing on safely extending the life of assets, reducing costs and improving productivity.”
Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, Chairman of Dorman Long, also added: “This collaborative relationship with Wood will deliver clear benefits to the region’s oil and gas operators. Wood brings a fresh perspective to our business through their long-term experience providing maintenance services across global markets. This MOA positions us to deliver excellent services in the oil and gas, power and technology industries, while making a larger contribution to Nigeria in general and host communities in particular. It will result in our recruiting many Nigerian youth and providing them with first class on-the job training.”
The two companies have a rich repertoire. While Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion, Dorman Long Engineering Limited is the only West African company to consistently hold and maintain ASME certification, in addition to being an IS09001 certified company.
Originally formed by Arthur Dorman and Albert de Lande Long in 1875 with their steel works in England, Dorman Long has operated in Nigeria since 1949, and is today one of the oldest and most respected fabrication and construction companies in Africa.