Chinazor Megbolu |
A foremost construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has resumed the construction of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) new headquarters located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, as the main contractor, has already kick-started the 10-story building tagged; “The Barrel”.
The Managing Director, Julius Berger, Dr. Lars Richter said the building will sit on a 48,400 sqm piece of land at the strategic Central Business District of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He added it will also be made up of a basement, a ground floor, comprising of levels 1-10, a penthouse, and will stand approximately 60 meters tall.
Richter explained further that the edifice is a modern office building, well designed to include and balance the requirements of today’s contemporary work environments.
He maintained that the building will feature a mix of open floor workspaces, individual private offices, conference rooms, as well as an auditorium, along with additional amenities and social facilities such like clinic, restaurant, gym, and library.
Richter, however, maintained the project will be completed early enough to the full satisfaction of the client.
“I am confident, and without doubt, that with the strong commitment of our client and the project consultants, Julius Berger will unfailingly deliver on the project requirements, on time,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Timipreye Silva, in his remarks, noted that the DPR headquarters building project would be completed within a period of 24 months.
The Director and Chief Executive Officer, DPR, Engr. Sarki Auwalu, noted the building, when completed, would support the oil and gas industry regulator’s commitment to enable businesses grow and also create opportunities for the sector to thrive.
He buttressed his point by saying they would be able to achieve desired results using the DPR’s regulatory framework and service instrument.
Auwalu, however, averred that it was better to have the headquarters of DPR sited in Abuja since that’s where most regulatory institutions operate.
He pointed out the move to Abuja would strategically boost inter-agency collaborations as well as centrally assist operators in the oil and gas industry.
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