Total starts production from giant Egina field, offshore Nigeria

  • Jan 02, 2019
  • World Oil

PARIS -- Total has started up production on Dec. 29, 2018 from Egina field, located in around 1,600 m of water depths, 150 km off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, Egina field will produce 200,000 bopd, which represents about 10% of Nigeria’s production.

The Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit used to develop the giant Egina field is the largest one Total has ever built. This project has also involved a record level of local contractors. Six of the eighteen modules on the FPSO were built and integrated locally, and 77% of hours spent on the project were worked locally. Startup has been achieved close to 10% below the initial budget, which represents more than $1 billion of CAPEX savings, due in particular to excellent drilling performance where the drilling time per well has been reduced by 30%.

Initially discovered in 2003, Egina field is the second development in production on the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130 following Akpo field, which started-up in 2009. Preowei field is another large discovery made on this prolific block for which an investment decision is scheduled for 2019.

Total Upstream Nigeria Limited operates OML 130 with a 24% interest, in partnership with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), South Atlantic Petroleum - SAPETRO Ltd. (15%), CNOOC E&P Nigeria Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited (45%) and Petrobras Oil and Gas BV (16%).