Oil/Gas: RusselSmith obtains NUPRC’s approval for 3D manufacturing solution

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 Mr Kayode Adeleke, CEO, RusselSmith


By Adeyemi Adeleye


The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), has granted RusselSmith  an approval to deploy its industrial non-metallic additive manufacturing solution in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The additive manufacturing solution from RusselSmith utilises advanced 3D printing technology to produce fully functional and corrosion-resistant industrial components locally, in a fraction of the time that it would take oil and gas companies to order such parts through traditional supply chain methods.
It Chief Executive Officer of RusselSmith, Kayode Adeleke, the 3D manufacturing solution offers significant time and cost savings, in addition to substantially reducing oil and gas companies’ carbon footprints and making their operations more efficient.

Adeleke said additive manufacturing remains a rapidly evolving space, as the technology has the potential to solve many of the supply chain challenges in Africa, as the continent has a significant number of industries that use heavy machinery in sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, medicine, and transportation, and relies on part manufacturers across the world.

He said, “Delivered in partnership with Roboze, a renowned provider of industrial 3D printing systems, RusselSmith’s manufacturing solution is not only a response to prevailing supply chain challenges in the region.

“But, it also intended to help advance manufacturing in Nigeria through technology innovation, digitizing the supply chain by leveraging additive manufacturing technology to optimise production processes.

“RusselSmith’s additive manufacturing solution utilises high-performance materials such as super polymers and composites to produce finished parts that are less susceptible to material degradation and corrosion.

“Super polymers are ideal for diverse applications because they can endure extreme conditions without compromising their functionality and desirable properties.”

Speaking on the approval by NUPRC, the RusselSmith boss said, “This is a new milestone in the Nigerian energy sector, and we are excited to be leading the charge in industrial 3D manufacturing.

“We are also proud that the NUPRC has once again exhibited its role in the industry as not just a regulator, but a facilitator of business in Nigeria.

“We are building the foundation for a digital supply chain across Africa, and this is just the beginning. With this approval, our non-metallic additive manufacturing solution is now operational and available to service the needs of the Nigerian market.”

Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Roboze, Alessio Lorusso, noted that RusselSmith with its extensive technical capabilities and access to Roboze’s wealth of experience and its global 3D Parts Network, RusselSmith would accelerate the development of best practices for industrial 3D printing in the Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

Lorusso said, “We at Roboze are proud to be associated with this innovative development.

“The approval by the NUPRC for the use of this additive manufacturing technology is a significant step forward for Nigeria’s energy sector in embracing digitalisation, and we are fully committed to supporting our partner, RusselSmith, with our expertise and global network to ensure the success of this solution.”


Picture -Russe Smith-3DRusselSmith is a leading integrated energy solutions provider with a focus on technology solutions for asset integrity management, oilfield management, smart manufacturing and sustainable energy.(NAN)

Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa

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