By Yemie Adeoye
IN an effort to ensure strict compliance with the newly passed Nigerian content development Act, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited has announced that its ongoing Usan oil field project is generating a minimum of 11 million man hours of work In-Country, even as it moves to boost Nigeria’s production to about 2.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).
Part of the works includes engineering, fabrication, assembling and offshore integration of equipment, amongst others.
Managing Director of the company, Mr. Guy Maurice made this assertion during a media launch hosted by the company in Lagos recently.
According to him the company is set to expend some eight billion dollars on the project and plans to increase Nigeria’s crude production by about 180,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day following the intensity of exploratory works currently on-going at the Usan oil field offshore Nigeria.
This is expected to bring the Country’s total oil production up from 2.6 million barrels per day to almost 2.8 million barrels per day of oil production when it attains optimal capacity in 2012.
Located on Oil Mining Lease (OML) 138 in water depth of 750 to 800 meters, the Usan field will come on stream in 2012, and is expected to produce for 25 years.
According to him outside the significant boost that the Usan field would generate for the country in terms of work man hours and production increase the oil field would also ensure that much of the project packages are being produced in yards across the oil-rich Niger-Delta region and places very strong emphasis on Nigerian Content, with nearly 11 million man-hours of work in-country, including engineering, fabrication, assembling and offshore integration of equipment.
“Much of the project packages are being produced in yards in the Niger-Delta locations of Port-Harcourt, Onne, and Rumuolumeni in Rivers state, Warri, in Delta state as well as snake island in Lagos by Nigerian based suppliers and employees.
In fact Usan is a significant step change in Nigerian Content Development, as the project has generated a remarkable increase in the works done in Nigeria compared to previous projects involving all segments from engineering and construction to project management.”
He further noted that the Usan project would have a direct positive impact on the Nigerian economy and in the process of doing that it has recorded many firsts in technology for several Nigerian companies directly related to the project.
“The complex nature of the Usan geology creates some specific challenges that have had to be met with Total’s cutting edge technology, unlike most other fields in the region, the seabed is very heterogeneous and highly perturbed. This has called for special care in the establishment of installations.
The challenges notwithstanding, Usan has so far achieved excellent HSE results not only due to robust HSE management system, but also by Total’s sincere commitment, resolute determination and good progress in evolving and applying a strong HSE culture.
The Total’s Usan oil field, currently at 75 percent completion stage is coming after the company’s Akpo field which attained first oil in March 2009, as well as the Girassol and Dalia fields in Angola which has been rated successful by several oil sector analysts
Nigeria’s nameplate oil production capacity was estimated to have been around 2.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) at the end of 2009 but as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure, monthly crude oil production ranged between 1.6 million bbl/d and 2.0 million bbl/d. Disruptions have been attributed to direct attacks on oil infrastructure as well as pipeline leaks and explosions resulting from bunkering activities.