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Despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the oil and gas industry and the Nigerian economy, TotalEnergies, at the weekend, celebrating the success of the sail-away of its AMD2 extension model of the IKlKE development project.

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) described the model as a huge feat, stating that the project would boost oil production and improve the nation’s economy.

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Zonal Controller of DPR, Port Harcourt, Goddy Ineh, said upgrading the model to the offshore would make some reservoirs in the IKIKE project be produced from the surface and generate more installations that would serve as a conduit for pulling crude through the facility to the surface. 

Ineh stated this at the weekend at the Choba Yard of Sudelettra in Port Harcourt during a ceremony to mark the sail-away of the AMD2 model.

The achievement, he noted, would impact hugely on the oil and gas industry, ensure more crude oil productions, create employment opportunities, and improve the nation’s economy.

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He said, DPR would support the project, because, at a time when the country was looking to increased oil production, COVID-19 ravaging the world and companies are sacking workers, Total was employing workers through the project.

Managing Director of TotalEnergies, Mike Sangster, has affirmed that the AMD2 model would develop the IKIKE reservoirs as a tieback to the Amenam field with incremental production of 32,000 barrels per day of oil by drilling five new wells and water injection.

Sangster, who was represented by the Executive Director, Port Harcourt District, Obi Imemba, said the IKIKE development project coming after the Egina project was a further commitment of TotalEnergies to the growth of the oil and gas sector.

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“The milestone of the AMD2 extension module sail-away demonstrates its steady and consistent progress towards first oil and full delivery of the project in line with its commitment to the country,” he said.

Also speaking, NCDMB General Manager, Project Certification and Authorisation, Paul Zuhubam, said the feat demonstrates Nigeria’s doggedness amid several challenges. 

Describing the project as a great thing to the country and based on the capacity that has already been developed in Egina, he said more projects would be birthed in 2022.
 
“The fabrication’s total man-hour is 98 per cent and that was executed by Nigerians and we are training about 88 Nigerians from this project, which means that the IKIKE project and the AMD2 model has created in-country capacity skills and that is important for the country,” he added.

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