Pan Ocean deepens Nigeria’s oil, gas infrastructure with 3 key projects
The technical startup and the unveiling of three newly completed milestone projects of Pan Ocean Oil Corporation (Nigeria) Limited (operator of the NNPC/Pan Ocean Joint Venture), is slated 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). These projects are set to significantly boost infrastructure in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
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.
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.
“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,” Collins Akinkugbe, general manager (OML 147 Asset), said.
“We set out to deliver infrastructure that will bring operators in the northern fringe of the Niger Delta closer to zero gas flare, monetisation and commercialisation 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.”
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.
“The successful completion of these projects demonstrates Pan Ocean’s resilience in the face of diverse challenges in the operating environment. We persisted despite the many obstacles encountered because we believed we could deliver these projects. These are key growth projects, not just for Pan Ocean and the communities in which we operate, but also the Nigerian economy,” Akinkugbe said.
Pan Ocean Oil Corporation was incorporated in 1973. Since then, it has been operating as an exploration and production company in a JV with the NNPC, on-shore the northern fringe of the Niger Delta. Its Oil Prospecting Licence OPL – 71 was converted to Oil Mining licence OML-98 on December 01, 1975. Crude oil production commenced in August 1976 at the Ogharefe field of OML 98.
Through strategic planning, aggressive exploration and production activities and tenacity, Pan Ocean expanded its operations through strategic asset acquisitions.
Analyst (Macro Economics / Oil and Gas)