Uche Usim, Abuja
Green Energy International Limited, the operator of the Otakikpo marginal field in Oil Mining Lease (“OML”) 11 with operational base at Ikuru town, Rivers state has commenced the execution of the second phase of its field development. This is coming on the heels of the Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval granted to the company by the oil industry regulator- Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
The Company and her technical partner, LEKOIL oil and gas Investments took advantage of the Niger Delta dry season window to start the land reclamation exercise for its onshore terminal, flow station, and well sites. Critical long-lead items for well construction have also been identified and ordered to meet the project 2020 drilling campaign timelines.
The full Otakikpo phase 2 development consists of drilling up to seven additional wells, expanding crude processing infrastructure up to 50,000 bopd and the construction of 1.3 million barrels capacity onshore terminal. This would also include the installation of a 17 Kilometer export pipeline connecting the terminal to an offshore loading system. It is expected that the first piece of the development will, in the short-term, increase production up to 12,000 bopd using existing infrastructure while the long-term will see Otakikpo production of up to 20,000 bopd and opportunities to aggregate production from other producers.
The joint venture plans for the onshore terminal and expanded processing infrastructure are in line with its vision of making the Otakikpo field a crude processing and export hub for other stranded fields in the Eastern Niger Delta axis by providing a commercially viable and operationally efficient access to the export market. The Otakikpo development plan also reflects the JV Partners’ confidence in the subsurface due diligence as reported in the CPR and the interpretation, by in-house analyst, of the 2019 field-wide 3D seismic data that significantly increased the field’s booked reserves.
The Otakikpo phase 2 field development was sanctioned in July 2019 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with a consortium of international firms, valued at $350 million. The Consortium will also form multidisciplinary project management teams from LEKOIL and GEIL.
Commenting on the milestone, the CEO of GEIL Professor Anthony Adegbulugbe, commended the Company staff and her technical partner, LEKOIL, on maintaining world class operational excellence and safety performance in 2019. He also reiterated the significance of continued collaborative efforts between the JV partners that will be instrumental to obtaining the required financing to increase production at Otakikpo.