Pan Ocean Oil Corporation (Nigeria) Limited, operator of the NNPC/Pan Ocean Joint Venture), yesterday disclosed that the technical start up and unveiling of three newly completed milestone projects is billed for June, 2019.
The projects are the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline Project (AEPP), Ovade-Ogharefe Gas Processing Plant Phases I & II and OML 147 Early Production Facility at Owa-Alidinma. Pan Ocean is the contractor for OML 147 in Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Mr. Collins Akinkugbe, General Manager (OML 147 Asset) in an exclusive interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, stated that the projects are set to significantly boost infrastructure in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
According to Akinkugbe, the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline is a 67-kilometer X 20 inch, low-risk underground pipeline that will evacuate crude oil from Amukpe, to Escravos Export Terminal.
The pipeline system has capacity to deliver 160,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd). It is designed to minimise vandalism and mitigate the loss of revenue to the Nigerian government and oil and gas companies operating in the northern fringe of the Niger Delta.
“With the support of our joint venture, financial and technical partners, our team delivered these world-class projects safely and with the highest consideration for environmental impact
“We set out to deliver infrastructure that will bring operators in the northern fringe of the Niger Delta closer to zero gas flare, monetization and commercialization of their gas resources, stability of revenue from the location of the Amukpe-Escravos pipeline, improved power supply and the attainment of the national gas plan. We are proud of our achievement”, he said.
The pipeline was installed using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) method to ensure minimal ecological and environmental disruption during construction and operation. It is the longest of its kind in Africa.
The Ovade-Ogharefe Gas Processing Plant will supply lean gas to the NIPP Power Plant located at Ihobbor, Edo State and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to households across Nigeria. It has a processing capacity of 200mmscf/d, and is equipped with 29 storage tanks built to store approximately 194,400 gallons of Propane and 244,640 gallons of Propane/Butane mix (LPG).
The third project, OML 147 Early Production Facility at Owa-Alidinma is expected to process 11,000 barrels of crude oil and 90 million standard cubic feet of gas daily when fully operational.
The three projects establish Pan Ocean as a fully integrated energy, oil and gas industry player and will enable the company serve a more diverse clientele drawn from the manufacturing industry, power sector, households and other segments of the economy.
In particular, the full commencement of the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline positions Pan Ocean as a major player in the international oil and gas logistics business. The projects are relevant to the communities where they are sited as they provide a platform for socio-economic empowerment of the people and communities.
He said the successful completion of these projects demonstrates Pan Ocean’s resilience in the face of diverse challenges in the operating environment.