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STEADY SUPPORT PW Nigeria has been side by side with the country’s development since the 1970s, providing critical support to mining and infrastructure projects Writer: Tom Wadlow | Project Manager: Donovan Smith

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hen thinking of Nigeria’s economy and industry it is difficult to look beyond oil & gas. The sector alone accounts for around nine percent of the West African nation’s GDP and more than 80 percent of its export revenue, making it a staple of the country’s economy since oil was first discovered in Oloibiri in 1956. Nigeria is also abundant in other

resources. Minerals such as tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead and zinc are all present in high quantities, while the sheer size of the state translates into a large amount of arable land. Activities in the mining sector began to nose-dive considerably during the mid-1970s due to a number of political and economic factors, especially the focus on crude oil production as a major source of foreign exchange.

However, the industry is beginning to contribute meaningfully to Nigeria’s income once more. In 2015 it accounted for 0.33 percent of GDP and today is worth around $1.4 billion a year, employing 0.3 percent of the country’s workforce. Playing its part in this recovering trade is PW Nigeria, an engineering specialist serving both mining and construction sector clients and working for the likes of the World

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Bank, federal governments, state ministers, local government authorities and multinational corporations. “We have helped to construct critical infrastructure throughout West Africa, in particular Nigeria, and are at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the long dormant mining industry in Nigeria,” the company states proudly on its website. The firm was originally founded in 1948 in Ireland as H&D Flinn Ltd, moving into Nigeria and becoming PW Nigeria in 1974 thanks to close partnership between both Nigerian and Irish investors. Over the years it has built up a sound reputation, serving clients across industries from oil & gas through to banking, drawing on five key strengths. These include a large and modern fleet of construction equipment,

highly trained and dedicated staff, extensive expertise in all types of contract, adherence to quality standards that meet Nigerian, British and US specification, and expertise in the importation of equipment and materials. Further, PW Nigeria has built up experience in international and local financing, understanding how to analyse the financial viability of its projects and ensuring people on the ground keep costs under control.

Mining magnate

A huge part of PW Nigeria’s success has come in support of the country’s (and wider region’s) mining industry, chiefly through the movement of enormous amounts of earth which facilitate large scale mining operations.

PW NIGERIA IN NUMBERS PW Nigeria boasts a diverse portfolio comprising mining, earthmoving, roads and bridges, airport runways, infrastructure development, water supply and sewage projects. Here are some numbers that demonstrate its footprint to date: • 5,000 kilometres of roads constructed • 100 kilometres of airport runways built • 200 bridge structures completed • 65 million cubic metres of earth moved

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angote Cement Plc is Africa’s leading cement producer with three plants in Nigeria (Gboko, Benue State, Obajana, Kogi State and Ibese, Ogun State). Dangote Cement also has operations in 17 other African countries, namely: Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroun, Liberia, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Chad, Mali and Niger. The company is also about to set up a cement plant in Nepal. Dangote Cement is a fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer with production capacity of up to 29.3 million tonnes in Nigeria. The Obajana plant is the largest in Africa with 13.25 million tonnes capacity across four lines. The Ibese plant has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12 million tonnes. The Gboko plant has four million tonnes capacity. Through its recent investments, Dangote Cement has eliminated Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement and is transforming the nation into an exporter serving neighbouring countries. In 2015, Dangote Cement commissioned its plants in four African countries: Ethiopia (June 4), Zambia (August 4), Cameroon (August 27), and Tanzania (October 10). The plant in Congo, Brazzaville, was commissioned on November 23, 2017. The other plants spread across African countries are at various stages of completion. Dangote Cement has adopted a policy Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx of continuous expansion especially across Africa because cement is an essential building material with no viable substitute, and Africa will need billions of tonnes in the coming decades as governments in Africa focus on addressing the continent’s infrastructural deficit.

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TECHNICAL MECHANICAL SERVICES (TMS)

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echnical Mechanical Services (TMS) is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of genuine and original spare parts for mining, quarrying, civil engineering and plant hire machinery. Headquartered in Liege, Belgium, where it also runs a central warehouse, the company draws on more than 30 years of experience in the field, with presence stretched across 40-plus countries on the continent and in Africa. TMS supplies parts for the likes of heavy earth moving machinery, trucks, drilling machines, road making machines, cranes, engines, transmissions, undercarriage, forklift trucks, filters and GET, as well as competitive prices for caterpillar machines rebuilt to zero hours. Liege is a strategic location for the business as many major brands it supplies parts from have significant physical presence in the region. The central warehouse is the hub where all parts are processed and shipped directly to the end customer, with brands supplied including Hitachi, Liebherr, Komatsu, Atlas Copco and Sandvik, among many others.

Applying the extensive experience gained in the likes of Ghana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, the company has expanded its mining capabilities in Nigeria, now offering a full suite of services. These include site clearance and topsoil stripping; overburden removal; drill and blasting of hard rock; loading and hauling of ore; crushing, washing and sorting of ore; tailings storage, facility construction and initial dam construction; and mine site infrastructure development works. The company made a breakthrough in Nigeria in June last year, securing a contract with Symbol Mining Limited for the mining and crushing services for

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the Macy Open Pit deposit, covering the 12-month life of mine plan. Speaking at the time of the award, Symbol Mining CEO, Tim Wither commented: “The execution of the Mining Service Contract is a major step in moving closer to establishing the first industrial scale mechanised mine in Nigeria in recent years. “Symbol Mining are very pleased in partnering with the PW Group who have vast experience operating in Nigeria, and to date have shown great support in the goal of advancing the Macy deposit into production, which is expected to be the first of many projects on the imperial tenements and in Nigeria for Symbol.”

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In Africa, TMS has local agents in no fewer than 33 countries stretching from west to east, including Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and many more. TMS are also proud to be authorised distributors across Africa for 2 World renowned brands, MTG ground engaging tools, and Berco Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx undercarriage . The firm has employed experienced local representatives who understand their industry and are able to handle any enquiry – one phone call and they can be on site at a client’s request. Aftersales service includes a repair and return facility, which can evaluate damaged parts before mending and returning. T +44 161 427 8410 E sales@tms-uk.com

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PW Nigeria’s suite of services is backed up by key support functions covering exploration and geological work such as mapping, geochemical surveys, elemental analysis and excavation of logging and trial pits. In the exploration arena, PW Nigeria offers a range of drilling services, from rotary core and reverse circulation to water boreholes and downhole surveys, among others. Much of this work is conducted through a joint venture with Meridian Drilling Ltd, a firm with vast experience operating across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Construction custodian

Asides provision of crucial support to Nigerian mining projects, the company has also played a leading role in the development of infrastructure across the country, completing work on motorways, township roads, bridges, dams, water supply projects, cement

plants and telecommunications sites. As a major civil engineering contractor, PW Nigeria prides itself on its ability to complete a project from start to finish covering all aspects of construction, from concept to commissioning. A particular proven specialism is in the realm of airport development, the company being the contractor of choice for the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria for many years, recently completing work at Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Benin and Jalingo airports. “All of these projects are undertaken under extremely tight timescales where every hour is critical and safety to the travelling public is paramount,” PW Nigeria says on its website. “This often involves working on “Live’’ runways during non-peak hours which requires detailed planning and execution to avoid any delays and associated costs. Once again safety and performance are critical.”

Road building is a key part of PW Nigeria’s portfolio of expertise

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Overseas projects are particularly popular

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stablished in 1991 in Belgium, SMT provides a broad range of advanced products, services and solutions for the transport and infrastructure sectors across Europe and Africa. Reinforced by the operational agility of its dedicated sales and service network, SMT works in partnership with its customers, delivering value to improve their performance and support their growth. We are your partner of choice throughout the lifetime of your equipment, contact us for more information.

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SMT is a premium distributor and aftersales partner for the equipment and transport industry. SMT Nigeria - Lagos 322 A Ikorodu Road - Ikeja +234 807 109 0267 info.nigeria@smt-group.com

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A responsible partner

A safety-first ethos is thus taken extremely seriously by the company, which welcomes regular feedback from staff, clients, suppliers, contractors and visitors on how it can improve standards even further. Its aim is very much to become a zero-harm organisation through colleagues taking responsibility for the safety of themselves and others within the company. “No job is so important that we cannot take the time to perform it safely,” PW Nigeria states. Further, the firm also recognises its social and economic responsibilities to its employees and the wider community, working hard to establish positive relations before, during and after projects are completed. In terms of its own staff, PW Nigeria supports their development through the provision of in-house training programmes and also helps them to

We continue to run community development programmes in the areas we operate, we build schools and provide water infrastructure and we sponsor local initiatives and local organisations” pursue qualifications externally. The company also openly recognises that its operations can adversely impact the day to day activities of local communities. “In recognition of that we have continued to pursue a policy of engaging with the community to address their needs,” it states. “We continue to run community development programmes in the areas we operate, we build schools and provide water infrastructure and we sponsor local initiatives and local

organisations.” By continuing to look out for both its own and local people, PW Nigeria will not only play an important practical role in the resurgence of Nigeria’s mining industry, but also in the development of the communities these projects impact.

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