Seplat Energy has confirmed the commencement of commercial injection of crude oil through the new, 67kilometer Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline.
The pipeline, mostly underground, is expected to provide a more reliable and secure export route for liquids from Seplat Energy’s major assets OML 4, 38 and 41, connecting them with the Chevron-operated Escravos Terminal.
A statement from the company said the project has the capacity of 160,000 bbl/day, of which the Seplat Energy / NPDC joint venture is entitled to inject 35,000 bbl/day.
It also said dewatering was completed on Friday 29 July and the Site Acceptance Test is now underway with commercial volumes.
Seplat Energy said until now it had relied on the Trans Forcados System, which has experienced numerous disruptions in recent years due to pipeline maintenance and vandalism, which have impacted the company’s revenues.
Seplat chief executive officer, Roger Brown, said: “The commercial launch of the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline is a significant event for Seplat Energy and for Nigeria, offering a more secure and reliable export route that will assure higher revenues and profitability for Seplat Energy, enabling us to make a larger contribution to Nigeria’s economy.
“We commend the work that has made this possible and appreciate the efforts of our partners and all contractors involved to create this more reliable and secure export route for Nigeria’s oil.”