Located some 130 km off the coast of Nigeria at water depths of more than 1,500 m, the Egina oil field is one of our most ambitious ultra-deep offshore projects. For the most part, the project is being developed locally to accelerate the pace of technology transfer and expand the local industrial fabric.
A strategic project in ultra deep water
We began the drilling program on the Egina field in December 2014. This intense project will keep two rigs busy for a total of 3,000 days. Five out of the planned 44 subsea wells have already been drilled, at water depths of between 1,400 m and 1,700 m, and 13 more will be completed when the field comes on stream.
They will be connected, using umbilicals and risers, to an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel) designed to hold 2.3 million barrels of oil.
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The water depth poses a challenge for the development of Egina, which is one of the deepest offshore projects ever operated by Total.
Our Societal Commitments
Egina is a flagship project for Total, and it is above all a Nigerian project. At Total, our commitment to our host countries is one of the keys to our success.
We have taken up the ambitious challenge of playing a role in sustainably developing the local industrial fabric by bringing together international companies and local contractors. The idea is to accelerate the pace of technology transfer by training Nigerian employees (more than 410,000 hours in all). This win-win situation should enable Total and Nigeria to productively pursue a partnership that began more than 50 years ago.
Practically speaking, 21 million man-hours will be worked locally, corresponding to 70% of the total hours planned for the project. Some 58,000 metric tons, or 34% of equipment will also be produced locally. In addition, infrastructure will be developed and built in the country, including a 500 m long quay to assemble the FPSO. Afterwards, the quay will be available for other industrial projects.