The Egina field was discovered by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) in 2003 within the Oil Mining Licence 130 (OML130), some 200 kilometres south of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The field is being developed by TUPNI in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), CNOOC, SAPETRO and PETROBRAS. It will add 200,000 barrels per day to Nigeria’s oil production (approximately 10% of the country’s total oil production). Egina is the largest investment project currently on-going in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The overall progress of the project stands at 88% and a key milestone was achieved on October 31st, 2017 as the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO) started its journey to Nigeria. The project is expected to be completed in Q4 – 2018, within the initial budget of $16 billion.
Being the first major deepwater development project launched after the enactment of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010, Egina has the highest level of local content of any such project in Nigeria. As operator of the Egina project, TUPNI fully identifies with the Government aspirations for Nigerian Content and has been working closely with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and NNPC to maximize Nigerian Content on the project.
The key Nigerian Content features of the Egina project will enable employment amidst other opportunities. There will 24 million man-hours work in Nigeria (77% of total project workload) with equivalent to a workforce of 3,000 persons on average over a period of 5 years. There will be 60,000 tons of equipment to be fabricated in Nigeria with over 560,000 man-hours of human capacity development training across Egina contracts. In terms of infrastructure, Egina project gives room for construction of several large-scale new fabrication facilities in Nigeria and upgrade of several existing fabrication yards.
The Egina project includes pioneering Nigerian Content achievements. The FPSO of Egina, a 330-meter long vessel designed to process oil and gas from the Egina field, will be berthed at the quayside in Nigeria for integration of locally fabricated modules. This is the first time such will ever be experienced in Nigeria, courtesy of Egina. The project has the highest number of FPSO topside modules (six) to be fully fabricated and integrated in Nigeria and the assembly of the Integrated Control and Safety System of the FPSO was fully performed in the country.
Egina includes the fabrication of the largest subsea equipment (manifolds, risers) ever completed in Nigeria, far above what was achieved in previous projects. The mega project is testimony to the fact that large deepwater projects can be developed with a very high level of in-country activities, thus fulfilling the aspirations and objectives of the Federal Government of Nigeria in terms of employment generation, capacity building and industrial capability development. Indeed, Egina will linger in the minds of industry enthusiasts both within and outside the shores of the country for a long time.