NNPC, First E & P Development achieves Production in Oil Mining Leases 83/85

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Daniel Terungwa 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and  FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Development Company (FIRST E&P) Joint Venture has commenced oil production from the Anyala West field in Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83 & 85.

OMLs 83 & 85 are in the shallow waters offshore Bayelsa State where FIRST E&P is the Operator of the two blocks, on behalf of the NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture.

The Anyala – Madu field development project objective is to develop 142 million barrels of oil and 98 billion standard cubic feet of gas from the fields in Phase 1, utilizing the Abigail-Joseph FPSO, a 274 meters long converted Suezmax trading tanker with a storage capacity of 700,000 barrel, oil processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day, produced water treatment of 20,000 barrels per day and a gas handling capacity of 39 million standard cubic feet per day.

A total of 7 development wells have been planned in Phase 1 and approved by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the Anyala West field (OML 83) which will be developed along with the nearby Madu field in (OML 85)  to be jointly produced in the Abigail-Joseph FPSO. Each field is being developed with an unmanned conductor supported platform (CSP), a novel drilling and development technology deployed in the Niger Delta.

 The FPSO underwent an upgrade, refurbishment and life extension works in Keppel Shipyard, Singapore, to meet specified standards and specifications and the excellent partnership between NNPC, FIRST E&P, Yinson and Keppel Shipyard, helped to ensure these critical pre-deployment activities for the FPSO were completed in record time.

A team of young Nigerian professionals including 7 NNPC staff were part of the successful extension works in the Keppel Shipyard and they will form an integral part of the FPSO operations team in the production phase. 

The project at its peak production will produce about 60,000 barrels of oil per day, unlock over 300 million barrels of crude oil recoverable reserves and create value of over $8bn for the FGN over the total lifespan of all phases of the project. It was also carried out with over 2.5 million man-hours with zero Lost Time Injury.

According to the GMD, NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, the success of the project is not only a landmark achievement for NNPC and its JV partner, FIRST E&P but also a remarkable accomplishment for Nigeria. It is a project that will go a long way in helping the country achieve its strategic objective of 3 million barrels of oil per day by 2023. This is because the project is the Nation’s first wholly indigenously executed and funded integrated Oil and Gas project in the shallow offshore.  

“This is the first project that NNPC, as a JV partner, will carry its partner to provide funding on behalf of the Joint Venture. It is a signal of hope for our country that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. The accomplishment of this great feat in the midst of a pandemic is a clear demonstration of our resolve to achieve performance excellence in spite of all odds, he said”

The Managing Director of FIRST E&P Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, while commenting on the project, appreciated the support  given to the company by the NNPC, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board as well as the hard work and collaboration by FIRST E&P staff, our contractors and Nigerian banks in the achievement of this major milestone. 

Adeyemi-Bero expressed hope that the “First Oil production will support the continuous drive of FIRST E&P to be a leading Nigerian independent integrated execution vehicle in the upstream oil and gas sector, as well as demonstrate our commitment to continue to create sustainable value to drive economic growth and development of Nigeria.” 

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