Nigerdock delivers Sonam topside to boost domestic gas supply

*Load-out activities on Snake Island

*Load-out activities on Snake Island.

Kunle Kalejaye

27 January 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos —
Nigeria’s plan to boost domestic gas supply and power generation has received a boost following the completion by Nigerdock of the Sonam topside for the Chevron/NNPC Domestic Supply Obligation, DSO, gas project.

It is the largest topside module fabricated entirely and fitted in Nigeria at Nigerdock’s fabrication yard on Snake Island in Apapa, Lagos.

The Sonam Non-associated Gas Well Platform, NWP, production topside module was delivered as part of the DSO-Meren Gas Gathering Compression Platform, GGCP, and Sonam Non-associated Gas Wellhead Platform, NWP, project sponsored by Chevron and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, joint venture.

Speaking at the ceremony to mark the completion and load-out of the topside, chairman of NigerDock, Mr. Anwar Jamarkani, said the facility will boost Nigeria’s gas production and power generation ability, providing much-needed power for the country’s domestic and industrial needs.

“This Topside is the final piece in the set of structures built by Nigerdock for the Project. In November 2014, Nigerdock successfully fabricated and loaded out the Sonam Jacket, which till date is the largest ever jacket fabricated in Nigeria.

“These structures are required to deliver a combined 420 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas to Chevron’s Excravos Gas Project which provides feed stock for power generation, of which our country is in dire need,” he said.

According to Jarmakani, these installations will importantly:

i. Boost Nigeria’s power generation ability and provide much needed power for Nigeria’s domestic and Industrial needs;

ii. Significantly eliminate gas flaring from the Project Sponsor’s assets in fulfilment of government’s gas flaring policy; and

iii. Attract gas investment opportunities thereby boosting this administration’s effort to diversify the economy from dependence on Crude Oil proceeds.

“This is the largest Topside Module ever built in-country, and significantly this feat was achieved by an indigenous company,” he enthused.

In addition to increased power generation, Jamarkani said the topside module will significantly eliminate gas flaring from Chevron/NNPC’s assets in fulfilment of government’s gas flaring policy.

“This will attract gas investment opportunities thereby boosting this administration’s ‎effort to diversify the economy from dependence on crude oil proceeds,” he said.

The Nigerdock chairman added that the DSO project is a major milestone in government and industry’s quest towards achieving increased local content in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

He stated: “In the course of the project, Nigerdock recorded several remarkable achievements, leveraging N‎igerian human and material resources, and maintaining its commitment to investment in equipment, infrastructure and technology.

“We are truly humbled to play a part in such landmark achievements which will no doubt have a transformative effect on our country.

“However, we believe we can do much more and raise the bar. Nigerdock is prepared to take on even more ambitious projects and we commit not to rest on our laurels but to ensure that Nigerians have something to be proud of.

“We recognise Mr. President and his administration’s goal of economic diversification and are fully aligned to play our own part in making it a reality”.

Nigerdock’s Project Manager, Mr. Christian Okoli, in his speech, said weighing 2,700 tons, and with a height of 28 metres, a width of 40 metres and a length of 50 metres, the topside module is the final piece in the set of structures built by Nigerdock for the Sonam project.

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