NPDC records 82,000bopd from OMLs 34, 30
President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, Comrade Francis Johnson
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company has recorded 82,000 barrels of oil per day from Oil Mining Leases 34 and 30.
The average daily net production from both fields as of the time it was taken over from Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited was about 31,014bopd, according to a report by the company.
For OML 34, daily oil production as of takeover from SPDC was 10,032bopd and about 20,982bopd for OML 30. Both fields currently produce 22,000bopd and 60,000bopd, according to the report.
The NPDC acquired OML 34 from the SPDC in 2012 during its divestment programme.
OML 34, which is predominantly a gas producing field, has Utorogu NAG 1 and Ughelli East (UGHE) gas plants as the two running plants prior to the acquisition. Utorogu NAG 1 and UGHE gas plants have an installed capacity of 360 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and 90mmscf/d respectively.
Prior to the takeover by the NPDC, the former operator, the SPDC, was producing an average of 270mmscf/d and 60mmscf/d from NAG 1 and UGHE plants respectively.
In the report, the firm said it had steadily ramped up production to 360mmscf/d and 60mmscf/d for NAG 1 and UGHE plants respectively. By implication, the NPDC is said to be producing about 420mmscf/d from the two plants.
The report explained, â€œIt should be noted that this is a record that has never been achieved since the field came into existence in the 1970s. Production is still ramping up, having attained 430mmscf/d. In addition, plans are currently underway to further increase production from the two fields with the completion of Utorogu NAG 2 plant with an installed capacity of 150mmscf/d.
â€œThe NPDCâ€™s focus is to ramp up, grow and sustain production from the three plants at 450mmscf/d by the third quarter of 2015. This would make NPDC the second largest gas producer in Nigeria.
â€œThe NPDC wishes to achieve this feat through the aggressive gas development campaign currently going on in OML 34. This involves drilling of gas wells and completing/inauguration of the 150mmscf/d capacity NAG II plant in the short term.â€
The NAG II plant is 96 per cent completed as of today, the report noted, adding that the companyâ€™s medium term plan was to deliver about 600mmscf/d of gas to the national grid to support the Federal Government Gas to Power aspiration by the end of 2015.
The firm said it had successfully drilled and completed three wells to ramp up gas production, and had also shut down successfully to carry out improvement job for NAG 1and UGHE Plant to revamp work and boost production.
The NPDC took over operatorship of OML 30 from the SPDC on February 1, 2013, and holds 55 per cent equity shares while its Joint Venture partner, Shoreline Natural Resources has the remaining 45 per cent participatory shares.
The firm explained, â€œToday, production in OML 30 has increased to 60,000bopd since the NPDC took over, with the facilities having about nine flow-stations, with a successful re-entry into Uzere community to open-up Uzere-West field with a locked-in potential of 14,000bopd.
â€œRehabilitation of eight units of 5.2mmscf/d gas lift compressors and commissioning of new GLCs to ensure adequate production uptime and increase in gas lift capacity including a successful installation of LACT units for proper hydrocarbon accounting.â€
The firm, according to the report, has successfully negotiated a Global Memorandum of Understanding with 112 communities of OML 30 together with Delta State Government.
Having taken over Oleh Field Logistic Base and deployed personnel to fully man all the flow-stations and Ughelli production station, the company also developed and secured approval for the Afiesere, Olomoro-Oleh, Oroni and Oweh Fields Development Plan, according to the report.
On the NPDC, the President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Mr. Francis Johnson, recently said the NPDCâ€™s operation and integrity were deliberately being frustrated by undue interference, underfunding, low attention to employment staff career, training and capacity development, poor response to staff conditions and welfare matters, among others.
He said the recent transfer of assets managed by the NPDC to some persons should be discouraged as the association believed such speedy transfers remained questionable because they are hurriedly done by the outgoing government undermining due process.
The PENGASSAN, therefore, urged the current government to halt all asset transfer from the NPDC, while allowing for more transparency.
The NPDC management had said taking over the operatorship of the oil fields came with enormous challenges, but maintained that the state-owned company was keeping the promise to ensure that the fields remained productive.
The former NPDC Managing Director, Mr. Iyowuna Briggs, had said, â€œIt is clear right from the beginning that the challenges faced by the NPDC are enormous, following the divestments. For example, five days after the takeover of the operatorship of OML 30, the Oroni and Olomoro flow stations were forcefully shut down by the members of the Igbide and Olomoro communities respectively.â€
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