The largest in-country constructed oil facility built by Nigerdock is set to sail to its location to accelerate oil production from one of Nigeria’s major deep water oil fields.
A deep water acreage operated by France’s oil major, Total, is located some 130 kilometre off the coast of the country at water depths of more than 1,500 metres (m).
The Egina Oil Field is one of Total’s most ambitious ultra-deep offshore projects and the most part of the project is being developed locally to accelerate the pace of technology transfer and expand the local industrial fabric.
Nigerdock, at the weekend, announced successful completion work for the fabrication and the sail away of the Flare Tower for the Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading, (FPSO) project for Total. The field is currently under development and production is scheduled to begin in 2018. Nigerdock was selected by Samsung/Total for critical in-country fabrication works and training services as the provider of choice.
The flare tower structure which weighs in at 732 tonnes was completed on time, loaded out and sailed away on March 24, 2016. It is one of a number of structures fabricated by Nigerdock at its Fabrication Yard on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone for Samsung Heavy Industries Egina FPSO project. The remaining works will continue through to the first quarter of 2017 as contracted.
According to the project manager, Emeka Uhara, “The fabrication for Egina was a big success being delivered on time and budget and to world class specifications. We have expended over 1.7 million man hours on the project, and it has helped generate employment for hundreds of Nigerians while also creating the opportunity for the provision of thousands of man-hours of specialised training.”
These structures completed at Nigerdock’s Fabrication Yard at Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, Lagos, are a major boost to the federal government’s Nigerian Content Policy which seeks to domesticate more oil and gas activities in Nigeria under the guidance of the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB).
Speaking on the achievement, the acting managing director of Nigerdock, David Murray, said, “This marks another significant first for Nigerdock as we continue to prove our ability to deliver stakeholder requirements pursuant to the Nigerian Content Development Act.”
Nigerdock is a leading indigenous Nigerian oil services company and a member of Jagal Energy. It has diverse capabilities in the areas of engineering, offshore fabrication, ship repair, logistics, marine and support base services. It is strategically located at Snake Island Integrated Free Zone and offers integrated support services to the upstream oil and gas sector.
Total began the drilling programme on the Egina field in December 2014. The intense project will keep two rigs busy for a total of 3,000 days. Five out of the planned 44 subsea wells have already been drilled at water depths of between 1,400m and 1,700m, and 13 more will be completed when the field comes on stream. They will be connected, using umbilicals and risers, to an FPSO vessel designed to hold 2.3 million barrels of oil. The water depth poses a challenge for the development of Egina which is one of the deepest offshore projects ever operated by Total.
The Original Posted by Chika Izuora/Leadership Newspapers