By Ejiofor Alike
Nigerdock, a leading indigenous Nigerian oil services company and a member of Jagal Energy, has announced that it has successfully completed fabrication and the sail away of the Flare Tower for Total’s $16 billion Egina Deepwater project.
The Flare Tower will be installed in Egina’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Project for Total.
The FPSO is being developed for deployment in the Egina oil field, located 150km off the coast of Nigeria.
With this feat, Nigerdock is the first Nigerian yard that has successfully fabricated and loaded out structures for the Egina project.
The Egina Flare Tower, with a total weight of 732 tonnes, is the largest structure ever lifted in Nigeria using the vessel’s cranes.
The Egina field is currently under development and production is scheduled to begin in 2018. Nigerdock was selected by Samsung/ Total for critical in-country fabrication works and training services as the provider of choice.
The Flare Tower structure weighs in at 732 tonnes was completed on time, loaded out and has since sailed away.
It is one of a number of structures fabricated by Nigerdock at its Fabrication Yard on Snake Island Integrated Free Zone for Samsung Heavy Industries Egina FPSO project. The remaining works will continue through to the first quarter of 2017 as contracted.
The Project Manager, Mr. Emeka Uhara said at the weekend that the fabrication for Egina was a big success being delivered on time and budget and to word class specifications.
“We have expended over 1.7 million man-hours on the project, and it has helped generate employment for hundreds of Nigerians, while also creating the opportunity for the provision of thousands of man-hours of specialised training,” he added.
He added that these structures completed at Nigerdock’s Fabrication Yard at Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, Lagos are a major boost to the federal government’s Nigerian Content Policy, which seeks to domesticate more Oil and Gas activities in Nigeria, under the guidance of the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB).
Also, speaking on the achievement, acting Managing Director of Nigerdock, David Murray, said, “This marks another significant first for Nigerdock as we continue to prove our ability to deliver stakeholder requirements pursuant to the Nigerian Content Development Act.”
The Deputy Managing Director of Total E & P in charge of Deepwater District, Mr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa had told THISDAY that the 200,000 barrels per day capacity FPSO vessel would arrive in Nigeria in March or April 2017.
The FPSO is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea at a cost of $3.3 billion, while the entire Egina field development, including the FPSO will cost $16 billion.
Musa said Egina was the company’s next deepwater field in development phase after the discovery in 2003 and the signing of the Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2013.
The Total boss further stated that the company’s target is to produce 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Egina by 2018.