This Day (Lagos)

3 December 2013

Nigeria: Total Announces Load-Out of Ofon Phase-2 Process Platform From Korea

The Ofon phase-2 process platform (OFP-2) is on its way to the Ofon field located in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 102, 50 kilometres off the coast of Nigeria in 40 metres water depth from Ulsan, South Korea, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG) Ltd said Monday.

The Ofon field is jointly owned by TEPNG and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the OFP-2 is expected to stop gas flaring, monetise the gas to Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant at Bonny via Amenam, which is another TEPNG facility.

It will also develop additional crude oil reserves while producing the remaining reserves in Ofon phase-1 and perform water injection to re-pressurise the different reservoirs.

A statement from TEPNG in Abuja stated that the sail-away ceremony for the OFP-2 was performed at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in Ulsan, South Korea on November 22 by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Nigerian Embassy in Korea, Ambassador Salihu Ahmed.

The statement further explained that other officials present at the ceremony included the Deputy Managing Director, TEPNG Port Harcourt District, Mr. Nicolas Brunet; Executive Director, TEPNG Port Harcourt District, Mr. Patrick Ngene; General Manager, TEPNG OFON-2, Mr. Emmanuel Hyest and TEPNG OFON 2 Company representative in Ulsan, Mr. Jean-Marc Pecquois.

It also noted that senior officials from parent company, Total, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and HHI were at the ceremony.

The statement quoted Ahmed to have made comments on the project, saying that: "The successful completion of this platform is a further demonstration of the excellent relationship between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea."

According to the statement, the OFP-2 project is fitted with new facilities that are to be added to the existing Ofon phase-1 facilities. The facilities include OFP-2 production Platform Bridge linked to OFP-1; the OFQ, or Living Quarters, linked to OFP-2 via a bridge with accommodation for 124 people as well as two wellhead platforms.

The statement added that gas flare-out and first oil from Ofon phase-2 project are planned for 2014 while the project will significantly contribute to Nigeria's local content policy, in terms of not only construction works with five EPCs located in Nigeria but also of training for Nigerian personnel, especially engineers and technicians.

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