AfrikDelta Marine Contracted to Tow Egina FPSO Vessel


Eromosele Abiodun

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has contracted AfrikDelta Marine Limited (ADML), a leading Nigerian supplier of marine services and a member of Jagal Energy for the services of Egina FPSO Tow and turning.

The company in a statement said the operation included the use of five of ADML’s Nigerian flagged tug boats with Nigerian crews to tow and support Total’s Egina FPSO now moored in the Lagos Harbour.

The Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base (LADOL) is currently playing host to the fabrication of a $3.8 billion oil and gas logistics service facility commonly known as the Floating Production Storage and Offloading –FPSO rig, otherwise called the Egina project.

The project which has been applauded as first -of- its- kind in the sub-Saharan Africa is being handled by the Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on behalf of TOTAL Oil Exploration, with LADOL serving as its local content partner.

The added that the operation was a culmination of significant planning and engineering that lasted over twelve months and entailed the special simulation training of ADML’s Nigerian crew overseas to enhance their expertise.

“Some of the vessels were already on other operations with ExxonMobil and Chevron. The Logistics Management from ExxonMobil and Chevron contributed to the success of the operation by temporarily releasing the vessels to perform the Egina FPSO towage.

“This is another major milestone in the Nigerian maritime industry and a clear demonstration of progress in Nigerian Content Development, “it stated.