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USAN PROJECT LAUNCHES HULL ...Field to Deliver 180,000 Barrels of Oil Per Day

Nigeria’s oil production has suffered a lot of set back in recent times due to the activities of militants on the operations of the IOCs in the Niger Delta region. The incessant attacks led to a sharp drop on the production from onshore fields. However, the discoveries and development of projects in the deepwater has augumented this shortfall. The Usan Field is one of such discoveries.

USAN Field which is located on OML 138 (derived from OPL 222) about 100 kilometers offshore Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The field which lies at a water depth of 750 – 800 meters was discovered in 2002 with a recoverable reserve of 540million barrels of oil and 83bcf of Associated Gas. The USAN surface facilities have been designed to deliver 180,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production. A PSC offshore development project, the Field is operated by Total E & P Nigeria Limited (Former Elf Nigeria) in partnership with Chevron, Exxonmobil and Nexen.

The USAN Field Development project scope include the provision of a spread moored Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) of 20 million barrels per day oil production, 67 kilo meters subsea pipelines, 47 kilometers Umbilical for Subsea Controls and 42 Developments Wells. The project is expected to cost US$8.0 million. The Operator and its partners have shown significant commitment and is working assiduously to ensure that the Project which was launched in May 21, 2008 with the signing of all main EPCI Contracts does not exceed its duration of 44 calendar months. As at December, 2009 the project had achieved 53.15% execution progress with a total of 9,120,388 man hours expended without any fatality.


Based on the progress recorded, it is anticipated that the set target date for first oil which is January 2012 will be achieved. In a ceremony held recently in Ulsan, South Korea to launch the Usan FPSO Hull, the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Philip Chukwu said that the Usan Field Development is another major step being taken to further actualize Nigerian Government policy of developing deepwater acreages and increase Nigeria’s oil production.

Speaking further, Mr. Chukwu said “It is significant to note here that the recent amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta has resulted in creating an attractive atmosphere which supports
investment. Already we are seeing substantial increase in oil & gas production. We therefore foresee growth in oil & gas development projects. When I see this massive structure, I think about cooperation of partners and contractors from various countries”. The contract for the Usan FPSO Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) for both the Hull and the Topside in February 2008. By June 2009 the Keel laying ceremony of the Hull was held signifying commencement of the hull construction. Five months later a major milestone was achieved – the hull launching activity.

The GED expressed deep appreciation that some of the items of the Hull were fabricated in Nigeria noting that the next phase of the project, the topside construction and integration will even be more challenging and complex. Mr. Chukwu on behalf of staff and management of NNPC, congratulated all the partners on the Usan project for reaching this remarkable milestone. He then urged the team to maintain the momentum and to work towards delivering the project safely, on schedule and within budget. The sail away ceremony of the FPSO is targeted at early 2011.

comment @ Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6:22 PM
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