NNPC, FIRST E&P’s’ Abigail-Joseph FPSO ‘arrives Nigeria


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in collaboration with FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited (FIRST E&P) has announced the arrival of the Abigail-Joseph Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit to the shores of Nigeria.

Prior to her sail-away, the FPSO underwent upgrade, refurbishment and life extension works in Keppel Shipyard, Singapore, to meet specified standards and specifications.

A statement by First E&P revealed that the partnership between NNPC, Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), FIRST E&P, YINSON and Keppel Shipyard has aided the critical pre-deployment activities for the FPSO to be completed in record time.

The statement attributed the successful execution works in Keppel Shipyard to a team of young Nigerian professionals who will form an integral part of the FPSO operations team in the production phase.

The statement reads further, “The FPSO is a 274 meters long converted Suezmax trading tanker. It is self-propelled with 11 cargo storage tanks, 2 slop tanks and 6 dedicated water ballast tanks including fore and aft peak tanks.

“The FPSO will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria as part of OMLs 83 & 85 field development, Nigeria’s first wholly indigenously executed integrated Oil and Gas project in the shallow offshore.

“The processing system on the FPSO includes facilities for oil separation, stabilization, produced water treatment, gas treatment and compression. The processing and storage capacities include oil processing of 50,000 barrels of oil per day, produced water treatment of 20,000 barrels of water per day, gas handling of 39 million standard cubic feet per day and cargo storage capacity of 700,000 barrels. The FPSO will be operated on behalf of FIRST E&P by YINSON.

“The ongoing development drilling campaign in the Anyala field is focused on drilling and proving expected Oil reserves for development. A total of seven development wells have been planned and approved by DPR.

“Drilling is ongoing using Borr Drilling’s Natt rig. The batch drilling from the installed Conductor Supported Platforms (CSP) in Anyala field is a novel drilling technology deployed in the Niger Delta Basin.

“Anyala field will be developed along with the nearby Madu field (OML 85) through a shared production facility. The produced oil will be processed through the Abigail-Joseph FPSO. Associated Gas and Non-Associated Gas developments will be fully integrated into a Gas-integration Hub designed to feed an export line for the local gas market.”