Oil major and operator of the Egina field, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), has given the assurance that the field will commence production by the fourth quarter of 2018.
The field was discovered in 2003 within the Oil Mining Licence 130 (OML130), some 200 kilometres south of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is being developed by Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO and PETROBRAS.
The field is expected to add 200,000 barrels per day to Nigeria’s oil production approximately 10 per cent of the country’s total oil production.
Egina is the largest investment project currently ongoing in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and the overall progress of the project stands at 88 per cent and a key milestone was achieved on October 31st, 2017 as the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) started its journey to Nigeria.
The project is expected to be completed in Q4 – 2018, within the initial budget of 16 billion dollars.
Being the first major deepwater development project launched after the enactment of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010, Egina has the highest level of local content of any such project in Nigeria.
As operator of the Egina project, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd fully identifies with the Government aspirations for Nigerian Content and has been working closely with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to maximize Nigerian Content on the project.
Key Nigerian Content features of the Egina project include, 24 million man-hours worked in Nigeria, 77 per cent of total project workload which is equivalent to a workforce of 3,000 persons on average over a period of five years.
Also, 60,000 tons of equipment for the project would be fabricated in Nigeria while over 560,000 man-hours of human capacity development training will occur in the course of the project development with the construction of several large-scale new fabrication facilities to take place in Nigeria and will also help upgrade several existing fabrication yards.
The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO) of Egina, a 330-meter long vessel designed to process oil and gas from the Egina field, will be berthed at the quayside in Nigeria for integration of locally fabricated modules considered a first for Nigeria just as the project prides itself as having the highest number of FPSO topside modules (six) to be fully fabricated and integrated in Nigeria.
Also, the assembly of the Integrated Control and Safety System of the FPSO was fully performed in Nigeria,while it includes the fabrication of the largest subsea equipment (manifolds, risers) ever completed in Nigeria, far above what was achieved in previous projects.
The Egina project is 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.