Total Exploration and Production Nigeria says the $3.3 billion floating production storage offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Egina deepwater oilfield will move to the site in weeks.
Speaking on Monday at 2018 edition of the Nigeria Oil and Gas conference and exhibition, Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Total’s deputy managing director in charge of deep water, said the oilfield will account for 10% of Nigeria’s crude oil production.
FPSOs are used in oilfields to receive the crude from drilling platforms, process and store till it is transported through pipelines or offloaded to a tanker.
The FPSO arrived in Nigeria in January after which a consortium of Nigerian engineering companies worked on it to produce six of its 18 topside modules.
“Egina is the latest of Total’s deepwater developments and the third project of its kind developed by Total in Nigeria, after Akpo and Usan,” he said.
These projects have brought progressive increase in levels of Nigerian Content and this is well illustrated by the percentage of total project workload performed in Nigeria: from 44% for Usan, Total recorded 60% for Akpo and now 77% will be achieved for Egina, just before the FPSO sails away from the SHI-MCI Yard in LADOL Island, Lagos where it is currently moored for topsides integration works.
“In the coming weeks, the FPSO will sail away to Egina field, which is located in OML 130, approximately 150 kilometres offshore Port Harcourt.
“It is the deepest offshore development carried out so far in Nigeria, in water depths of over 1,500 metres and the project is designed to produce 200,000 barrels per day of oil at plateau.
“In addition to the oil, the Egina field will produce gas. Associated gas will be partly re-injected into the reservoir to maintain reservoir pressure, and partly channelled to supply the domestic gas market.”
He explained that Nigeria was proud Egina has advanced its local content policy to new levels in many domains, adding that it, amongst others, led to the development of a new fabrication and integration yard which is reportedly Africa’s first FPSO integration quay.
“The Egina project is proudly the first to record the fabrication and integration of FPSO topsides in Nigeria. Six of the 18 topside modules were fabricated and integrated at the SHI-MCI facility at LADOL. The Egina FPSO arrived from Korea in the last week of January for the integration of the locally fabricated modules and this integration was successfully completed in May, without incident.”