By Etuka Sunday
Total Oil said it has set local content record with the development of Egina oil field in Nigeria.
The development of Egina is one of the deepest offshore projects ever operated by Total.
Primarily developed locally to accelerate the pace of Nigeria’s industrial fabric and the transfer of technology, the project will produce 200, 000 barrels of oil per day; 10% of the country’s total oil production.
Speaking at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), the Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Total, Musa Kida said, “Egina set unprecedented
records of local content and capacity building” in Nigeria.
Kida said, “for us, Egina stands as a great testament to Total’s commitment to Nigeria and our determination to support and advance local content development.
“77% of man-hours worked on the project was done locally with 60,000 tons of equipment fabricated in Nigeria by local contractors. In addition to drilling records and integration of 6 locally fabricated top side modules in Lagos”, he said.
Kida said, “Total’s projects in Nigeria have been industry benchmarks with regard to efficiency and innovation. The one on the lips of everyone at the moment is Egina. Egina will add 200.000 barrels of oil per day to Nigeria’s current production and this represents about 10% of Nigeria’s current production. With Egina, Total will be operating about 23% of the national production and we are proud to be significant contributors in securing Nigeria’s oil and gas future”.
He said, the Total Group has been present in Africa for more than 90 years and has been involved in exploration activities in Nigeria for 57 years. We have a broad and diversified portfolio in Nigeria, with activities spanning onshore, conventional offshore, deep water and LNG.
Speaking about the present realities, he said, “the vicissitudes in the global geo-political terrain, technological innovations within the industry that challenge existing production templates, innovations outside the industry that the industry cannot afford to ignore and which dovetail with demands for alternative sources of energy beyond fossil fuels, concerns for the environment, and the fluctuations in the price of oil, make efficiency in the use of resources, and innovation, a sine qua.
“Efficiency and innovation are key enablers if we have to work safer, reduce costs, make faster and better decisions, and generally increase productivity. It is therefore, necessary that we share our best practices and experiences in this gathering to enable us adapt and quickly take actions that will sustain us in the far and immediate future,” he said.
Kida said, Total is the only integrated International Oil Company with presence throughout the entire value chain of the industry in Nigeria Downstream, Upstream and Midstream sectors.
He said, “Total has developed a strong partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other partners. Our downstream operation is so diverse in Nigeria that there is a TOTAL filling station in every local government of the country.
“Total is today, the only IOC that is still active in the downstream sector with more than 550 filling stations nationwide. We are also active in the solar energy with our AWANGO lamps that address the electricity needs of rural communities not connected to the national grid,”he said.