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20/06/2016 Press release

Speech By The Managing Director/Chief Executive, Total Upstream Companies In Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, On The Occasion Of The Sail-Away Of Ofon Phase 2 Wellhead Platforms; Nigerdock, Lagos

Monday, 20 June 2016

First, let me observe protocols and greet the distinguished participants who are here today:

  • Mr. Dafe Sejebor, GGM Napims;
  • Mr. Patrik Obah, acting Executive Secretary NCDMB;
  • Mr. Anwar Jarmakani, Chairman of Nigerdock;
  • as well as all NNPC, Total and Nigerdock representatives.

It is a great pleasure for me to attend this ceremony and celebrate the sail-away of the two wellhead platforms built at Nigerdock for the Ofon phase 2 development project.

The Ofon Phase 2 project was launched by the NNPC – TEPNG joint-venture with several objectives:

  • stop routine gas flaring and monetize associated gas from Ofon field ;
  • increase Ofon oil production from 25,000 to 65,000 barrels per day, by drilling 24 new wells and implementing gas lift activation;
  • develop additional reserves through water injection to maintain reservoir pressure and ensure an  increased oil recovery;
  • improve operating conditions on site with the installation of a new living quarter platform and various facilities upgrades.

The flare-out objective was successfully achieved in December 2014 and as a result, Ofon Phase 2 was awarded the World Bank’s 2015 Global Gas-Flaring Reduction Excellence Award.

The first development wells of Ofon Phase 2 were also successfully drilled last year and the project achieved first oil in September 2015.

The delivery of the new well-head platforms that we are celebrating today will now pave the way for the drilling of additional wells and ramp-up of production to a plateau of 65,000 barrels of oil and 3 million cubic meters of gas per day. This delivery is therefore a key milestone in the Ofon 2 project execution.

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On this occasion, I would like to convey three messages.

My first message is about Safety. For Total, safety is a core value, not just a priority. This core value, we make sure that we share it with our contractors, working hand in hand to ensure the highest safety standards in our operations and projects. For the construction of the Ofon 2 wellhead platforms, over 3 million man-hours of work were completed with zero Lost Time Injury. This performance is not the result of chance; it is the result of a continuous commitment of all, day after day, to the safety of activities. It is a result that both Total and Nigerdock can be proud of.

My second message is that Ofon Phase 2 has opened a new chapter in the development of Nigerian content. Ofon Phase 2 is the first project ever with so many facilities manufactured in Nigeria. Five of the seven main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts were awarded to Nigerian companies. A pioneering achievement has been the Ofon Living Quarters platform, built in country and providing today a safe and comfortable accommodation for staff working on the site. This achievement is a first in Nigeria.

Likewise, Ofon 2 wellhead platforms were entirely built in Nigeria, under an EPC contract awarded in September 2011 to Nigerdock. The jackets of these 2 platforms were already delivered and installed offshore in 2014. Today’s event marks the successful completion and sail-away of the topsides.

These construction works generated employment for over 3,000 Nigerians over a period of four years, and supported the development of many local subcontractors.

My third message is about cooperation and working together. Oil and gas development projects always come with a number of challenges, and a key success factor is always the willingness of all parties involved to cooperate and address these challenges. The successful completion of these wellhead platforms was made possible because all partners namely Total, Nigerdock, NAPIMS, NCDMB, DPR, etc, decided to work together. Clearly, without the cooperation of all parties, nothing tangible would have been achieved. Of special mention is the constant support we received from the GGM NAPIMS, Mr. Dafe Sejebor, and all members of his team, throughout the execution of this project. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Chairman and the Managing Director of Nigerdock for their personal involvement during the critical phases of the project execution.

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Before concluding, I would like to express my thanks and congratulations to all those who contributed directly to the construction of these two platforms, and transformed the drawings into the very tangible reality that we have in front of us.

Firstly, I want to acknowledge Nigerdock welders, fitters, riggers, painters, blasters, cable pullers, scaffolders and workers of all other disciplines, who worked tirelessly to build these 2 platforms. To all, I say thank you and congratulations for the job well done! I also want to thank Nigerdock supervisors and engineers who worked hard to ensure the delivery of the platforms on the dates that we agreed 6 months ago. Thank you in particular to Nigerdock engineers Wale Alawode, Suleiman Salifu and Kola Sesere and to Nigerdock project manager Amir Khouzani.

Last and not least, thank you to the members of Ofon 2 project management team, for your dedication and hard work. Let me acknowledge in particular:

  • Christophe Remoue, Project Manager for Ofon Phase 2;
  • Modestus Nwosu, Deputy General Manager in charge of the wellhead platforms and pipelines, for his commitment and his ability to keep calm in all circumstances ;
  • Nicolas Bardiau, our company site representative;
  • Kolotiky Coulibaly, who worked very hard to find solutions to optimize leak tests and define solutions;
  • And all other members of Total PMT.

To all of you, congratulations for a job well done! And of course, for Total team, I urge all hands to remain on deck as we work towards the next milestone of the project.

Thank you for your attention.