Total eyes 23% of Nigeria’s oil production as Egina comes onstream

Upon completion of Total’s Egina project targeted to add 200,000 barrel per day to Nigeria’s oil production, the company would be boasting of contributing 23 percent of the country’s national production.

Its Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Musa Kida, made this known at the second Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja yesterday.

The theme of the summit was “Shaping the future through efficiency and innovation.”

According to Musa, owing to the company’s determination to support local content development, 77 percent of man-hours worked on the project executed locally with 60,000 tons of equipment fabricated in Nigeria by local contractors.

Besides, drilling records and integration of six locally fabricated top side modules in Lagos; other significant achievements, the Egina project achieved the first for Nigeria and Africa.

His words: “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. At Plateau, 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 23percent of the national production and we are proud to be significant contributors in securing Nigeria’s oil and gas future.

“Egina set unprecedented records of local content and capacity building.

“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 percent 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; other significant achievements, the Egina project achieved the first for Nigeria and Africa.”

Total, he said, is today, the only IOC still active in the downstream sector with more than 550 filling stations nationwide.

The company’s downstream operation is so diverse in Nigeria that there is a TOTAL filling station in every local government of the country, he added.

According to him: “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 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.

According to him, Total has developed a strong partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other partners.

Also speaking, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote, warned if local content was not encouraged in the African petroleum industry, Europe and the rest of the world would in the next 20 years, witnessed massive influx of people from Africa and its attendant crisis.

He advised foreign countries to stop accepting jobs meant for African countries and instead encourage the domestication of petroleum jobs in Africa.

Source: The Nation

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