Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited (First E&P), have confirmed the entrance of the Abigail-Joseph Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit to the shores of Nigeria.

The Abigail-Joseph FPSO is a 274 metres long converted Suezmax trading tanker, self-propelled with 11 cargo storage tanks, two slop tanks and six dedicated water ballast tanks including fore and aft peak tanks.

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First E&P, in a statement on Monday, said before her sail-away, the Abigail-Joseph FPSO went through upgrade, refurbishment and life extension works in Keppel Shipyard, Singapore, in order to achieve specifications and standards.

First E&P pointed out that the excellent partnership it enjoys with NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Yinson and Keppel Shipyard, has helped ensure these critical pre-deployment activities for the FPSO were completed in record time.

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It also informed that young Nigerian professionals were part of the successful extension works in the Keppel Shipyard, and that the youngsters will form an integral part of the FPSO operations team in the production phase.

“The FPSO will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria as part of OMLs 83 & 85 field development, Nigeria’s first wholly indigenously-executed integrated oil and gas project in the shallow offshore.

The processing system on the “Abigail-Joseph FPSO” includes facilities for oil separation, stabilisation, produced water treatment, gas treatment and compression.

“The processing and storage capacities include oil processing of 50,000 barrels of oil per day, produced water treatment of 20,000 barrels of water per day, gas handling of 39 million standard cubic feet per day and cargo storage capacity of 700,000 barrels. The FPSO will be operated on behalf of First E&P by Yinson.

“The ongoing development drilling campaign in the Anyala field is focused on drilling and proving expected oil reserves for development. A total of seven development wells have been planned and approved by DPR,” the statement said.

It hinted that Anyala field will be developed along with the nearby Madu field (OML 85) through a shared production facility. The produced oil will be processed through the Abigail-Joseph FPSO. Associated gas and non-associated gas developments will be fully integrated into a gas-integration hub designed to feed an export line for the local gas market.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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