Egina FPSO sails to production site
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, TUPNI and her partners have announced the successful sail-away of the Egina Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit from the SHI-MCI Yard, LADOL Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The 330-metre long FPSO left the quayside on August 26 to commence a three-day journey that will take her to the Egina Field in OML 130, which is located about 150km offshore the Niger Delta. The Egina FPSO is the largest FPSO ever installed in Nigeria.
In a statement in Port Harcourt and made available to our correspondent, the company said the sail away of the Egina FPSO to its final location offshore was a major milestone towards the completion of the project.
The statement signed by the External Relations Manager, Charles Eberonwu said with the achievement, Total Upstream was on track for a start-up of the production by the end of this year.
According to him,’’ On this occasion, I wish to congratulate the Egina project team for the safe and timely completion of the onshore works in SHI-MCI yard. Let me also thank our partners on Egina – NNPC, SAPETRO, CNOOC and Petrobras – for their constant cooperation and the Nigerian authorities – DPR, NCDMB and NPA – for their support”
‘’Upon arrival on the field, the mooring and hook-up operations will commence to connect the FPSO to the subsea facilities, before the start-up of production planned at the end of 2018.
Seven months ago, Egina made history as the first FPSO unit to berth at an integration quay in Africa for the installation of six topside modules that were fabricated in Nigeria. During the seven months that the FPSO spent at LADOL, the team completed 8 million man-hours without any Lost Time Injury.
With the successful integration of the six locally fabricated modules at the SHI-MCI Yard, Total has changed how deep offshore oil and gas projects are executed in the country and set new records for Nigerian Content’’, he said.
The statement explained that the Egina field was discovered by TUPNI in 2003 within the Oil Mining Licence 130 (OML130), some 200 kilometres south of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The field is being developed by TUPNI in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO and PETROBRAS.
Egina is the deepest offshore development carried out so far in Nigeria, within water depths of over 1,500 meters.
The Egina FPSO has been designed for 25 years of operations and will add 200,000 barrels of oil per day (at plateau) to Nigeria’s oil production (approximately 10% of the country’s total oil production).
Egina is the largest investment project currently on-going in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The project is expected to be completed in Q4 – 2018 within the initial budget of $16 billion.
Being the first project to be launched after the enactment of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act in 2010, Egina is advancing Nigerian Content to record levels and has by far the highest Nigerian Content ever completed in an oil & gas project.
The project has generated significant activities for local contractors, in various sectors and provided avenues for training and development of Nigerians in various domains.
The Egina project is a testimony to the fact that large deepwater projects can be developed with a very high level of in-country activities, thus fulfilling the aspirations and objectives of the Federal Government of Nigeria in terms of employment generation, capacity building and industrial capability development.