21 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Indigenous ship building and repairs company, Nigerdock, has successfully completed, commissioned and sailed away the Ofon 2 platforms produced for the NNPC/Total joint venture.
The platforms are part of facilities being put in place by the joint venture for the Ofon 2 project, expected to raise Total and Nigeria’s crude oil production by 40,000 barrels per day.
The project is also expected to help stop gas flaring and deliver gas to Bonny LNG plant in Rivers State.
The first Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Onshore commissioning contract to be awarded to an indigenous contractor, the Ofon platform project has been described as a symbol of the success story of the Nigerian local content policy.
Nigerdock’s chairman, Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, who spoke at the commissioning and sail away ceremony at the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone on Monday, said the project was delivered on time, within budget and achieved over three million man hours without a Lost Time Incident, LTI.
“In this high risk and health safety and environment-critical work system and environment, Nigerdock has executed over five million man hours of productivity and achieved over three million man hours without a Lost Time Incident,” Jarmakani said.
With the commissioning and sail away of the Ofon platforms, the Nigerdock chairman said this would ready the project to bring about additional oil and gas production from 25,000 barrels of oil per day to 65,000 barrels, help to stop gas flaring, and deliver gas to Bonny LNG plant via Amenam field by drilling 24 new wells.
“This injection of gas feedstock will significantly boost the domestic gas market and provide critical power for Nigeria’s domestic and industrial needs in line with the Federal Government’s power sector objectives,” Jarmakani said.
He disclosed that during the peak of the project execution, the company had over 5,000 trained professionals working on fabrication and other aspects of the project, noting that this figure would now begin to reduce as projects being handled by the company reach their close-out.
To prevent this from happening, Mr. Jarmakani said a consistent work programme must be developed for competent hands in the industry like Nigerdock, noting that a stop-start programme will simply make the nation uncompetitive and unable to reach its full potential.
He added that there is an urgent need “to keep employing the great youth of this nation and train them to be leaders in their trade and craft” and that this is the vision of Nigerdock.
Mr. Jarmakani thanked the current management of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, that has refocused the industry on managing cost, delivering projects and adding value to the country’s oil and gas portfolio.
Managing Director/Chief Executive of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, in his speech at the event, said the project will help develop additional reserves with water injection to maintain reservoir pressure and ensure an increased oil recovery.
Mr. Terraz added that the delivery of the new well-head platforms will pave the way for the drilling of additional wells and ramp-up production to 65,000 barrels of oil and three million cubic meters of gas per day.
“This delivery therefore, is a key milestone in the Ofon 2 project execution,” Mr. Terraz said.