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‘Nigerdock’s Ofon field platform to reduce gas flaring’

By Moshood Aliyu
22 June 2016   |   3:03 am
The commissioning and sale away of the topsides platform for the Ofon 2 project executed by Nigerdock, one of the leading indigenous oil services company, is expected to boost the country’s gas sector and reducing flaring.
Gas flaring  PHOTO: daniumenergy.com

Gas flaring PHOTO: daniumenergy.com

The commissioning and sale away of the topsides platform for the Ofon 2 project executed by Nigerdock, one of the leading indigenous oil services company, is expected to boost the country’s gas sector and reducing flaring.

The platform, which was developed for Total E &P Nigeria Limited, will also raise additional oil and gas production of the field from 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (bpd) to 90,000 bpd).

During the sail away ceremony on Monday in Lagos, the Chairman Nigerdock, Anwar Jarmakani said the Ofon project is a leading example on the Federal government objective of growing local capacity through Nigerian content development.

He described the organization as national treasure, a local content flag bearer and landmark company to the nation, which needed the encouragement as much as possible to ensure the investments in capital and human resources is fully utilized.

He said that, the company has created over 3,000 direct jobs and benefitting over 100,000 stakeholders through the entire supply chain and use highly trained local manpower, which reduces capital flight and ensure proceeds are kept in country and reinvested in our businesses.

Jarmakani stated further that, this injection of gas feedstock would significantly boost the domestic gas market and provide critical power for Nigeria s domestic and industrial needs in line with the Federal government power sector objectives.

The Managing director and Chief executive, Total Upstream Nigeria, Nicolas Terraz said that the delivery of new well-head platforms will now pave way for the drilling of additional wells and ramp-up of production to a plateau of 65,000 barrels of oil and 3 million cubic meters of gas per day.

He added that oil and gas development project always come with number of challenges and the successful completion of these wellhead platforms was made possible because all partners involved decided to work together to over come challenges.

Terraz said that, the Ofon phase 2 has opened a new chapter in the development of Nigerian content and it is the first project ever with so many facilities manufactured in the country, this delivery is therefore a key milestone in the Ofon 2 project execution.

The noted that the construction of the Ofon 2 wellhead platforms, over five million man-hours of work were completed with zero Lost Time Injury. “This performance is not the result of chance but the result of a continuous commitment of all and it is a result that both Total and Nigerdock can be proud of.”

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Patrick Daziba Obah said that the epoch-making load out event of the Ofon 2 topside marked yet another milestone in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Obah said the event was another incontrovertible proof that local capacity and capability could be utilised to deliver key projects in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

“I am particularly excited because the Ofon 2 project is the first full Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) project to be undertaken by an indigenous Nigerian contractor”. he said.