Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (An ExxonMobil Subsidiary) Tender Opportunity: Provision of QAQC Consulting Services for 3D OBC (Ocean Buttom Cable) Seismic Surveys Commencing 2013.

Posted by Charles on Mon 10th Sep, 2012 -

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (An ExxonMobil Subsidiary)
Operator of the NNPC/ExxonMobil Joint Venture
Tender Opportunity: Provision of QAQC Consulting Services for 3D OBC (Ocean Buttom Cable) Seismic Surveys Commencing 2013.

1.) Introduction
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), operator of NNPC/MPN Joint Ventures plans to commence Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) seismic surveys for exploration and development of offshore oil/gas fields in its license areas of OML 67 and 70 off the southeast coast of Nigeria These surveys are to tie into recently completed (2007-2010) OBC surveys in these same blocks. The surveys are expected to begin in mid/late 2013 and extend through 2014.

2.) Scope of OBC Seismic Wok
The planned scope of work for the OBC Seismic Survey is as follows:
Survey size: Approximately 1000 square kilometers full-fold divided into 4 separate survey areas 
Water depths: 8-65 meters
Technique: OBC using 4C ocean bottom sensors spaced 25 meters apart

Bin size: 12.5 meters inline by 12.5 meters cross line
Offset Range: 175 to 6000meters
Field Processing: Onboard QC and front end processing to generate SEGY tapes with all navigation/positioning data merged into the trace headers
Work environment: Oil and gas production facilities, pipelines, supporting vessels, and other obstructions are present in three of the four survey areas
Multiple vessels (e.g. cable laying, recording, shooting) and sufficient cable with spares will be required to allow the spread to be 'rolled' whilst recording takes place
Swath acquisition is to be used with parallel shot and receiver lines. Receiver lines are to be spaced 200 meters apart with 8 source lines between every pair of cable lines
Extensive safety, SIMOPS, security, and community relations planning are required prior to start of the seismic operations
Estimated Project Duration - Approximately 14-18 months

Scope of QAQC Services
Company is seeking QAQC Representatives to monitor these seismic operations for safe, environmentally sound, efficient and cost effective geophysical acquisition practices consistent with contract specifications and industry standards,. QAQC Representatives will also be responsible for providing comprehensive reporting of the operations. At this time, the following positions are anticipated:

Lead Seismic representative - (2 rotating- i.e. 1 on crew full time)
  • The QC representative will provide MPN with a direct contact with the geophysical contractor during field operations and verify that all contract requirements are adhered to throughout the program. One Lead Representative may also be required to participate in pre-mobilization project planning.
  • The Lead Seismic Representative must have a minimum of 10 years directing offshore geophysical surveys, including TZ surveys as a Lead Representative. At least three of those years should be on 3D OBC crews. Prior 4C experience is strongly desired. The Lead Representatives must also have five (5) years' experience in field processing and data management.
Seismic Data integrity Reoresentative -(2 rotating - i.e. 1 on crew full time)
  • The data integrity OC representative monitors and advises on onboard data acquisition quality control products, onboard data processing, and verification of data deliverables
  • The seismic representatives must have five (5) continuous years of active QC representative support for 3D seismic acquisition, field processing, and data management support with at least 2 years of this experience working on OBC (ocean bottom cable) crews.
Navigation/postition Quality Control Representative - (2 rotating)
  • The navigation QC consultants will monitor and advise on navigation and positioning of sources and cables and navigation processing associated with the Project.
  • The navigation representatives must have five (5) continuous years of active support for 3D seismic acquisition with at least 2 years of this experience working on OBC (ocean bottom cable) crews.
Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) Representative - (2 Lead SHE Representatives rotating plus 2-4 additional SHE representative rotating to work on supcorting cable and/or source vessels)
  • The Geophysical Project SHE QC is MPN’s representative that monitors and advises on Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) and Security matters associated with the Project
  • The SHE Representative must have a minimum of 5 years experience in geophysical operations as an SHE representative roll with at least 3 years on marine seismic (OBC or streamer) crews. The Lead SHE representative must have at least 10 years’ experience in offshore operations and have experience and, certification as an SHE auditor on marine seismic vessels including training in SHE management. One Lead SHE representative will likely be required to participate in pre-mobilization survey planning
Marine Mammal Observers - (4 rotating i.e. 2 on crew full time)
  • The marine mammal observer must be trained and experienced in use of JNCC guidelines, and qualified to observe and report on cetacean activity in the survey area. He must have at least 1 year experience in marine mammal observations on marine seismic crews
Office Consultant - (1) working full time or on an 8-week-on. 2-week-off schedule - Optional position
  • The office consultant will work in the Lagos office assisting the Project Lead in the preparation of daily, weekly and monthly reports, SHE incidents reports investigations, invoice and project cost tracking, crew statistics and logistics planning for Company and partner representatives.
Contractor may propose representatives for any one or all of the positions requested. Bidders should have at least 3 capable representatives in the position they propose to fill, in order to provide rotation relief, which is expected approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.
Be informed that MPN may decide to change the needed QAQC effort and remove any of the above listed positions prior to the start of the Survey.

3.) Mandatory Requirements
a. To  be  eligible  for  this  tender  exercise,  interested  contractors  are  required  to  be prequalified in the 2D / 3D /4D Seismic Data Acquisition Services (3.10.01) and Subsurface  Consultancy  (Geological,  Geophysical,  Reservoir)  (3.02.22) categories  in NipeX  Joint Qualification Scheme (NJQS)  database.  All  successfully  prequalified suppliers in this category will receive Invitation to Technical Tender (ITT)
b. To determine if you are prequalified and view the product/service category you are listed for: Open and access NJQS with your log-in details, click on continue, Joint Qualification Scheme tool, click check my supplier status and then click supplier product group.
c. If you are not listed in a product/service category you are registered with DPR to do business, contact NipeX office at 30 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, Ikoyi, Lagos with your DPR certificate as evidence for verification and necessary update.
d. To initiate the JQS prequalification process, access to download an application form, make necessary payments and contact NipeX office for further action.
e. To be eligible, all tenders must comply with the Nigerian Content requirements in the NipeX system.

4.) Nigerian Content
Company  is  committed  to  the  development  of  the  Nigerian  Oil  and  Gas  business  in compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 (NOGICD  Act) enacted by the Federal Government of Nigeria in April 2010.

As from the commencement of this Act, the minimum Nigerian Content in any project, service  or product specification to be executed in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry shall be consistent with the level set in the Schedule to the Act and any other targets as may be directed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
MPN  requires  their  Contractors  to  comply  with  the Act,  its  attached  Schedule  and  any applicable regulation developed by the NCDMB.
Nigerian Content (NC) in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is defined as: 
"The  quantum  of  composite  value  added  to  or  created  in  the  Nigerian  economy  by  a systematic  development  of  capacity  and  capabilities  through  the  deliberate  utilization  of Nigerian human, material resources and services in the Nigerian oil and gas industry."
"Nigerian company" is a company registered in Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Companies and Allied Matters Act with not less than 51% equity shares by Nigerians.
Bidders  shall  consider  Nigerian  content  as  an  important  element  of  their  overall  project development and management philosophy for project execution.
As part of their submissions, Tenderers shall:
i. Provide a description of its committed infrastructure (asset, equipment, technical office, and administrative space, storage, workshop, assembly area, repair, and maintenance, testing, laboratory, etc) in Nigeria (offices, equipment etc) to support this contract.

ii. Demonstrate that its entity is a Nigerian registered company, defined as a company registered in Nigeria in accordance with the provision of Company and Allied Matters Act. 
Provide details of its Ownership Structure, Submit certified true copies of CAC form (C02 and C07) including Memorandum and Article of Association.  For Nigerian company in alliance with a foreign company or multinational, submit evidence of binding agreement of the alliance duly signed by the CEO's of both parties.
iii. Submit a plan on how it intends to give first consideration to goods and services provided from within Nigeria, to meet 45% man-hours NC target in line with the requirements of the Act. 
iv. Demonstrate key Management positions that are Nigerian Nationals and the percentage of the Company total workforce (direct and in-direct employees) that are Nigerians
v. Submit a plan on how it intends to provide Human Capacity Development and Personnel Training
vi. Provide evidence of application for NIGERIAN CONTENT EQUIPMENT CERTIFICATE (NCEC) issued by Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (in respect of any components, spares, equipment, systems and packages to be used on the project Bidders' failure to  comply with the NOGICD Act or demonstrate  commitment to Nigerian Content development will result in Bidder's disqualification.

5.) Closing Date
Only tenderers who are registered with NJQS Product/Category 2D / 3D /4D Seismic Data Acquisition Services (3.10.01) and Sub-surface Consultancy (Geological, Geophysical, Reservoir) (3.02.22) as at September 27, 2012 being the advert close date shall be invited to submit Technical Bids.

6.) Additional Information
a. This advertisement shall neither be construed as an Invitation to Tender (ITT) nor a commitment on the part of MPN to award a contract to any supplier and/or associated companies, sub-contractors or agents.
b. This  advertisement  shall  not  entitle  prequalified  companies  to  make  any  claims whatsoever, and/or seek any indemnity from MPN and/or its partners by virtue of such companies having been prequalified in NJQS.
c. All  costs  incurred  in registering  and  prequalifying  for  this  and  other  product/service categories in NJQS shall be borne solely by suppliers.
d. Suppliers that are prequalified for this product/service category in NJQS must ensure that the name and contact details (physical address, email address and telephone number) of their  company  and  authorized/responsible  personnel  is  up-to-date  in  their  company profile in the NJQS database.
e. MPN shall communicate only with the authorized/responsible personnel of prequalified companies and not through unauthorized individuals or agents.

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