Nigeria’s trauma of going through a year – long closure of the Trans Forcados Pipeline, its major crude export line will soon be over, as an alternative line, the Amukpe Escravos Pipeline Project (AEPP), is expected to come on stream before the end of 2017, Vanguard reports.
The Pan Ocean Oil Corporation project, awarded to Fenog Nigeria Limited, an indigenous company, involves the installation of 20 inches pipeline across a 67 kilometers route. It has capacity to handle 160,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD), with remote manifolds to accommodate third party crude oil evacuation to the Escravos. The project also entails the installation of continuous horizontal directional drilling (HDD) methods to install the entire pipeline length for the purpose of security from the act of vandalism which is prevalent in its domain.
Explaining the rationale behind the project, Mr. John Okusolubo, Project Lead, AEPP and Senior Pipeline Engineer, Pan Ocean, said that last year, many companies had tough times because they could not export their products due to the militancy induced closure of the Trans Forcados Pipeline. Okusolubo explained that with the completion of the project, Pan Ocean will be empowering other operators in the industry to increase their crude evacuation capabilities.