09 December 2013, Lagos – Total has said it is targeting production of crude oil from the 150,000 barrels-per-day-capacity Egina deepwater field located 150kilometres off the coast of Nigeria by the end of 2017.
Speaking at the weekend during the celebration of the completion of the detailed engineering of the living quarters of the Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel of Egina deepwater field, the Egina Project Manager, Mr. Jean Nichel Guy, said what Total had planned in Egina project had never been done in West Africa by any International Oil Company (IOC).
Guy stated that the Egina project was the first major project in Nigeria since the Nigerian Content Act was signed into law in April 2010.
“It means that we have integrated from the beginning, the requirements of the Nigerian Content Act and it was fully embedded in the scope of work of each of the packages. One of the visible part is what we are celebrating today, which is the achievement of the detailed engineering of the living quarters of the FPSO, which is also one of the major packages of the project,” he said.
He said the project was an example for Nigerian and international contractors, adding that Total was proud of what had been achieved.
“PWO has completed their part of the work, within the budget; within the schedule and within the required quality, which are the three pillars to make a project successful,” he added.
Guy stated that the Egina project has a very high local content, stressing that Total would be faithful to its engagement with Nigeria.
“Obviously, we will have many other celebrations like this one until the completion of the project, which is towards the end of 2017,” he said.
The Egina field is being developed by Total Upstream Nigeria (24per cent) in partnership with NNPC (10per cent), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) 45per cent; Sapetro (five per cent) and Petrobras (16per cent).
Egina, which is currently under development, is the third deep offshore development of Total in Nigeria.
Located about 20kilometres away from Akpo field, Egina field lies within Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130 and covers an area of around 500 square miles and in a water depth of up to 1,750metres.
The field was discovered in December 2003 when the Egina-1 well was drilled, with the appraisal well Egina-2 drilled in 2004.
The appraisal programme and seismic data processing resulted in the Egina-3 well drilling in 2006 at a water depth of approximately 1,500metres.
Subsequently, the Egina-4 was drilled in November 2006 and Egina-5 was drilled in January 2007.
– Ejiofor Alike