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Thompson & Grace Investments Pledges To Add Value To Engineering Development

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Every journey in life begins with a step.  From conception of ideas to implementation stages, a business is designed to pass through different phases, almost always, with the usual teething challenges.  But only dedication, commitment and well focused strategies that would lead to the desired success.

This is the story of Thompson & Grace Investment Limited (T&GIL), an indigenous engineering production services company based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  Founded in September 1998, T&GIL business interest started with the provision of technical support services in critical engineering procurement supply to the oil companies.

Over the years, the success of the company’s strategies that have ensured it remained in competition motivated the principals to review their investments by acquiring world-class engineering equipment that are fundamental to its success in the oil and gas sector, as well as other important industries in the economy.  T&GIL went further to ensure the development of human capacity with the establishment of an institute of technology that would repackage the manpower needed for the success of the industry.   The outcome of the investment was unveiled to the business communities in Port Harcourt last week.

Specifically, on April 24, Dr. Isaac Thompson Amos, President/Managing Director of Thompson & Grace Investments Limited conducted other business stakeholders led by Dr. (Eng) Ernest Nwapa, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) round the facilities installed on a vast expanse of land located at Km 16 Port-Harcourt-Aba Expressway.   The facilities housed newly installed CNC multi-functional turning-boring milling machines for the production of complex higher precision machine parts, mega cranes and other lifting and fabrication equipment and a standard training institute.

Unveiling the facilities, Dr. Ernest Nwapa applauded the vision of the indigenous company, T&GIL for providing services in machining and mechanical maintenance not only in Oil & Gas, but other sectors of the economy such as Aviation, Marine, Mining and Agriculture.

Nwapa described the engineering facilities as “a major addition to Nigeria’s capacity for manufacturing equipment.”  His words: “as a Board, we will ensure that these facilities and others being set up are put to use and sustained for the benefit of Nigerians and the Nigerian economy.”

According to him, government is a continuum.  He pledged that the Board of NCDMB will “continue to create enabling environment for companies such as yours to thrive.  With the number and quality of equipment you have here, Thompson & Grace Investment has surpassed the expectations of the Nigerian Content Act.”


President/Managing Director of Thompson & Grace Investment Limited, Dr. Isaac Thompson Amos said that the company which is 100 percent Nigerian is an “Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contractor in the oil and gas sector.”

The cutting-edge machine showcased at the commissioning is the WFL 120 which Dr. Amos said “is the first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa acquired to support the company’s innovative strategies.”

Dr. Amos noted that the installed WFL M120 machine will boost the growth of the economy as it is designed to provide mechanical solutions in aviation, oil & gas, automobile, manufacturing as well as the agricultural and mining sectors.”

He recalled with some reminiscence the usual practice in these industries where mechanical components are imported simply because there are no machines to fabricate them.  He said that such era is gone.  The solution is now here with the installation of WFL M120.  He did not mince words to inform the guests who included its local and international partners that the WFL M120 machine has the “unique capabilities in the production of components with complex geometry such as Wellheads, Christmas Trees Ship Crankshafts, aircraft turbines, etc.  The machine’s capabilities are driven by the number of axes and the computer numerical controls behind it.”

“Its application will narrow the skills gaps and reverse the economic trend in Nigerian where most of the mechanical components are imported to the detriment of the nation’s technological advancement,” Dr. Amos said with some modicum of confidence.