Total Exploration and Production Nigeria says a lot of milestones have been achieved towards the realisation of the completion of the development of Egina in 2017. According to the company, such milestones achieved in the past few months include the procurement of the drilling tubulars, the gas export and water injection line pipes, the first wellheads set, the steel cutting in-country for living quarters and subsea manifolds, and finally last week, the sail away of the Drilling Rig West Jupiter to Nigeria.
A report by Nigeria’s BusinessDay newspaper noted that these achievements are being complemented by the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction of major infrastructural development associated with Egina project, the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) integration project designed to support the in-country development that took place at the Lagos deep sea oil and gas free zone (LADOL).
The modules built in Nigeria will be integrated onto the FPSO in 2017.
“Egina is a key project for Total in Nigeria and a strong partnership with the Nigerian government, other international companies (IOCs) and local contractors. Projects such as Egina empower Total to further demonstrate our true commitment to the Nigerian economy and its people,” said Elisabeth PROUST, managing director/chief executive, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI)
She said in furtherance of the Nigerian Content Development policy and with the project’s detailed engineering being carried out in Nigeria, Total had ensured that Samsung Heavy Industries and other main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors were contributing to the development and growth of other Nigerian yards such as Aveon, SCNL, Pipe Coaters Nigeria Limited (PCNL), EWT/Nestoil in Port Harcourt area and Nigerdock, Dorman Long in Lagos.
TUPNI has a 24 percent interest alongside the OML 130 partners: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), SAPETRO (South Atlantic Petroleum) of Nigeria, CNOOC Limited of China and Petrobras of Brazil.
When completed, Egina will add 200,000 barrels of oil to Nigeria’s production.