Total’s Egina, one of the world’s largest FPSOs, has arrived in Nigeria after a long journey from South Korea. The 330 meters long vessel has arrived at LADOL Free Zone in Lagos, Nigeria, for final integration of topside modules built at the Free Zone.
When operational, Egina, the largest FPSO in Total’s fleet, will be producing 200,000 barrels per day, increasing Nigeria’s daily production by 10%, LADOL said.
According to LADOL, in addition, the arrival of the FPSO marks “the single largest local content achievement in Nigeria’s history and a clear shift towards true industrialization and job creation across the country.”
LADOL’s CEO, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, commented: “LADOL is focused on sustainably supporting the largest industrial projects in the world, and the arrival of this FPSO and its partial fabrication and integration at LADOL shows that the most complex manufacturing projects can be done in Nigeria.”
The short-term impact of the FPSO’s arrival will include an exponential increase in local demand for manufacturing and integration. This increase in demand will transform the local employment landscape, generating approximately 50,000 new jobs across Nigeria, LADOL said in a statement.
Ibrahim Aliyu, an Executive Director of MCI, which has invested in the shipyard in LADOL, added: “With Total’s support, we were able to build the largest shipyard in West Africa in LADOL, proving local content works. Nigeria now has the infrastructure and trained local labor necessary to build and maintain the largest offshore facilities and vessels. Facilities like LADOL make it economically attractive for IOCs to carry out projects locally. As the hub for the region, Nigeria will also offer its neighboring countries a compelling value proposition, including local regional manufacturing, creating a more stable and prosperous West Africa”.
The FPSO, operated by Total, is 330 meters long, with 61 meters across and 34 meters high, with a storage capacity of 2.3 million barrels of oil. The FPSO will be moored at the Egina oil field, located some 130 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 meters.
History has been made! pic.twitter.com/7uJWZMU0ur
— Nigerian Ports (@nigerianports) January 24, 2018
The Wait is Over,
Egina FPSO has finally arrived,
Man She’s so beautiful 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/GCjpNxVnDV
— KING 泰米 (@Temi_Teflon) January 25, 2018
— Marc Renauld (@marc_renauld) January 24, 2018
Offshore Energy Today Staff