Total Exploration and Production, E &P, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, are investing $5.7 billion into the upgrade of the Oil Mining Lease OML and 58 production facilities.
This move is aimed at boosting domestic power supply in the country and meet federal government’s gas flare out policy.
Total is the operator of the NNPC/Total joint venture handling the OML 58 upgrade projects.
The Managing Director of Total E & P, Nicolas Terraz told journalists during a recent facility tour of the projects that $5.5 billion had already been spent.
According to Terraz, the projects, which constitute the OML 58 upgrade include- Ogbogu Flow Station (OFS); Field Logistics Base (FLB); Obite Treatment Centre (OTC); Obite, Ubeta, Rumuji (OUR) pipeline and the Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL).
Terraz said the OML 58 upgrade projects were essentially designed to boost gas supply for both industrial and domestic use, and increase deliveries to the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) in Bonny Island.
The Total boss disclosed that the upgrade of the 50-year old Ogbogu Flow Station oil treatment plant to increase production and improve safety, was a major challenge for the project team, adding that with the discovery of a network of underground pipes, the teams had a major obstacle to investigate the entire underground of flow station and finalise the designs.
Speaking on the NOPL, Terraz said the 300 million standard cubic feet per day of gas capacity NOPL, which would deliver 100mmscf/d of gas to Alaoji Power Plant, is a pipeline network that transverses 76 communities from Rumuji in Rivers State to the treatment plant in Owaza area of Imo River in Abia State.
According to him, the NOPL takes gas from the 42-inch 45km OUR pipeline at Rumuji through Obigbo to treatment plant at Owaza through a total of 50 kilometres, where the gas feeds into the facility of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).