(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited has been commended for consistently delivering at every stage of the IKIKE field development project and for also promoting local content. The commendation was made by the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, at the IKDI Topsides sail away ceremony of the IKIKE Field development project at the Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited yard in Port Harcourt, on Monday, November, 15, 2021.
Engr. Wabote observed that no company has surpassed TotalEnergies’ for demonstrating that it has the future of Nigeria at heart and committed to enhancing indigenous capacity in Nigeria’s oil sector, adding that the country is keen to having partners like TotalEnergies to advance her course of development. He further lauded the International Oil Company for Insisting on the use of Nigerian yards for fabrications based on verifiable performance, quality and delivery instead of doing them outside the country. TotalEnergies was also lauded for weathering the storms of COVID-19 and other challenges and completing the projects on time and for being the only upstream company taking final investment decision for a major project in Nigeria in the last 10 years.
In his own address at the occasion, the Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, Mike Sangster stated that the ceremony was the celebration of the sail away of the IKDI Topsides of the IKIKE Field Development from Rumuolumeni Yard of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, adding that the project is a further commitment of Total Energies to Nigeria and the growth of the oil and gas sector.
He explained that the Project was launched by NNPC-TEPNG Joint Venture as a tie back to the existing Amenam field with incremental production 32000 barrels per day of oil by drilling five new wells including water injectors, and that the objective was to leverage on the lessons from previous projects to assure a development with strategy fit for context, maximize local content at sustainable cost, simplified design, economic and fast execution to first oil and create a template for similar projects in future.
The Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, Mike Sangster, recalled that the first steel was marked in in December 2019, while the jacket, piles and TDD have been installed offshore and drilling of the first producer well completed, while the second producer well was almost completed, hinting that the ICSS cabinets were installed offshore early September 2021.
Further declaring that approximately 600metric tone IKDI Topsides has been fully constructed and ready to sail away, he noted that the milestone was achieved without any lost time injury or incident. The managing director commended staff of SAIPEM/IGPES Consortium project team for their determination to get the job done amidst challenging industry context, worsened by the global COVID-19 crisis with attendant consequences.
He pledged TotalEnergies’ commitment to continue to work with contractors to ensure the highest safety standards on the project, while offshore campaign was in full force with target of installing IKDI Topsides at IKIKE field 15km North of Amenam Complex in coming days.
The Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies also said that the IKDI Topsides sail away demonstrated the IKIKE project’s steady progress towards first oil as well as the full delivery of the project in line with the company’s commitment to Nigeria, even as the project has contributed to the Nigeria Content Development initiatives of the company.
“The construction of jacket, modules, topsides, risers in Nigerian yards, offshore campaign with vessels domiciled in Nigeria, and drilling with Nigerian companies have boosted local employment with about 3000 jobs. Local capacity and technical skills acquisition have achieved with the award of several sub contracts to local yards and companies”, he further explained, adding that more than 50 trainees have been engaged at various contractor yards in the country.
The TotalEnergies boss stated that 30 geo-sciences graduates were under – going one year intensive training in their facilities, just as plans were being concluded for infrastructural development project at Government Technical College, Port Harcourt, initiatives, according to him were demonstrations of Total’s commitment to aligning with the national aspirations to maximize existing energies that are necessary in the coming years.
In his own remarks, the Managing Director of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, Paviani Walter noted that the completion of the project was another practical demonstration of the company’s commitment to the country.
While commending the team for their commitment and outstanding work that made it happen, he recalled that the project was complicated but that they were able to deliver when only few people thought it would have been possible because of the COVID-19 challenge.The Saipem Managing Director further said the company was ready for the next challenge, and in Nigeria to stay.
Highlights of the ceremony included goodwill messages from Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, formerly DPR, and other partners and stakeholders in the project, and the commissioning to the project by Engr. Simbi Wabote.