Total-logoThe upgrade work at the Oil Mining License 58 (OML 58) by Total Exploration and Production Companies Nigeria Limited will increase gas production by about 50 percent for the company when completed.

The project has the capacity to produce 15.6 million standard cubic metres of gas daily when completed and push the domestic gas aspiration by the federal government to a new milestone, the  project General Manager, Mr Kayode Akiode, has said. He said the upgrades at the site comprise of four projects namely: Obagi Revamping, Obite Gas Plant, Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji (OUR) Gas Export Pipeline to Bonny NLNG and Gas supply to OML 58 Independent Power Project and Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) for domestic gas.
He assured that the project will be completed soon despite the challenges it faced in 2012.

Mr Akiode who stated these in a Total bulletin published recently, said that Total conceived the projects in its efforts to raise the country’s profile in gas production and increase the revenue accruing to the Nigerian government.

He said the project was seriously affected by flooding last year which led to the set back in the completion target as earlier planned.
The project manager said as the upgrade sites have gradually recovered from the flooding, “the main focus is now on Ogbogu Flow Station.

“Recovery to pre-flooding status is now within view, thanks to determined efforts in the areas of claim negotiations, environmental impact assessment, risk management processes and technical barriers identification and mitigation.

“In short, we are well placed to deliver the new OML 58 in the earliest possible time. We shall see new, upgraded and safer facilities in operation,” Mr Akiode said.

“The four OML 58 projects are progressing slowly but steadily towards completion. On-time completion is fine, but our top priority remains safety, the safety of the people and property,” he further said.

At the moment, he said the pipes are being laid, sprayed and buried. Along the designated lines, different categories of workers are doing their bit to actualise the company’s mandate to boost gas production.

The NOPL is 24’’ , 50 kilometres line that traverses 60 communities while the OUR is 42”,45km pipeline which is the first of its kind onshore Nigeria.


[Daily Trust]