By Hector Igbikiowubo
For the fourth time in as many years, the Obite Gas Plant (OGP) of Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) has been awarded ISO-14001 Certification, an indication that operations at the plant are carried on under international best accepted practices.
The latest development, which was achieved on February 11, 2010, is the culmination of a rigorous process supervised by the British Standard Institute (BSI).
Situated in OML 58 in ONELGA local government area of Rivers State, the Obite Gas Plant is the first of Total E&P sites in Nigeria to achieve the ISO-14001 certification. That was in 2007.
The Obite Gas Plant processes Non-Associated Gas (from HP Gas wells) and Associated Gas (from Obagi Gas Compression) which it exports on an extended capacity of 10.65 Million Standard Metric Cubes of Gas to the Nigeria LNG Plant in Bonny.
In addition, the extracted Condensate is used to blend the crude oil from Obagi area to make it commercially viable which is then marketed as Bonny Light crude and exported through Shellâ€™s Bonny Terminal.
Some of the benefits of implementing the ISO-14001 system on the Obite Gas Plant include:
Â·Â Â Â Provision of a framework for the improvement of environmental performances
Â·Â Â Â Possible reduction of environment-related costs e.g. energy savings, wastes
Â·Â Â Â treatment, reduced emissions taxes (flaring penalties)
Â·Â Â Â Credibility before external stakeholders (the general public, host communities,
Â·Â Â Â NGOâ€™s, etc)
Â·Â Â Â Improvement of relationships with Authorities (State, DPR, RSMENV, FMENV,
Â·Â Â Â NOSDRA)
Â·Â Â Â Guarantees the future recognition of â€œgood practicesâ€ and â€œgood businessâ€ on our
Total Exploration & Production Nigeria Total has been operating in exploration and production in Nigeria for close to 50 years. Totalâ€™s operated production in Nigeria comes from the OML 58, 99, 100 and 102 blocks as part of a joint venture with NNPC. The main fields are Obagi, Obite, Amenam-Kpono, Ofon and Odudu. Total also operates block OML 130, which contains the Akpo deep water development that started production in March.
Total has other significant equity production in Nigeria from its interests in non-operated ventures, particularly the SPDC joint venture (10%) and SNEPCO (12.5%), which includes the Bonga field. Total also holds a 15% interest in NLNG with a current LNG production capacity of 21.9 million metric tons per year.
Developing the countryâ€™s deep offshore resources is one of the Groupâ€™s main growth drivers in Africa. The development of the OML 138 Usan field, Totalâ€™s second development in deep offshore Nigeria, was launched in early 2008 and the field is expected to come on stream in 2012. Near Akpo in the OML 130, the Egina field whose basic engineering studies are underway will be Totalâ€™s third deep offshore development in Nigeria.
In 2008 the Groupâ€™s production in Africa amounted to 783,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day representing 33% of the Groupâ€™s overall production. In addition to Nigeria, Total also produces in Algeria, Libya, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo and Angola.Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) is a subsidiary of the Total Group of companies.
Total is the fourth largest Oil and Gas Company in the world with operations in moreÂ than 100 countries. The groupâ€™s activities span all aspects of the energy industry, from oil and gas exploration and production to downstream refining and marketing of oil and gas products.