Nigeria’s oil output is expected to get a 10percent boost with an additional 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) as Total’s $16 billion Egina floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), set to begin operation.
The Egina has successful sailed away from the quayside at LADOL fabrication yard, on a three-day journey to the Egina Field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130, located about 150km offshore the Niger Delta.
Being the first project to be launched after the enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act in 2010, Egina is reputed as the highest Nigerian Content ever completed in an oil and gas project.
Speaking in Lagos, during a visit to Vanguard Newspaper, Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, said the Egina is reputed as the deepest offshore development carried out so far in Nigeria in water depths of over 1,500 meters.
She said the mooring and hook-up operations will commence when the FPSO arrives on the field, connecting it to the subsea facilities, before the start-up of production planned at the end of 2018.
Total in a statement says the company has changed how deep offshore oil and gas projects are executed in Nigeria and set new records for Nigerian content with the integration of the six locally fabricated modules at the SHI-MCI Yard.
The Egina project generated significant activities for local contractors, in various sectors and provided avenues for training and development of Nigerians in various domains.
Total made history when seven months ago, it’s project Egina, became the first FPSO unit to berth at an integration quay in Africa, for the installation of six topside modules that were fabricated in the country.