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The TotalEnergies IKIKE project Topside is ready to set sail from Saipem Yard in Port Harcourt, Rivers state to offshore Nigeria. The nearly 6tons in-country fabrication Topside is an epitome of the multinational E and P company total commitment to Nigerian Local Content implementation in this all important economic sector of the country.

TotalEnergies E&P Nigeria Limited has shown unalloyed commitment towards its operational projects in the sector despite the economic scorch brought about by COVID pandemic in the Nigerian oil and gas industry among upstream players face by challenges and uncertainties since the advent of the novel virus.

During the sail out ceremony at the Saipem yard in Nigeria, The Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote led stakeholders to perform the august sail out ceremony on the IKD1 Topside. He poured  eulogies on TotalEnergies for its resilience towards Nigerian content commitment which exceeds other international operators.

 “It is on record that TotalEnergies has been the only upstream company taking key Final Investments Decisions on major projects in the last 10years. The company has continuously kept faith with Nigeria’s oil and gas industry despite the ups and downs.

“Nigeria is keen to have strategic partners such as TotalEnergies to enable us realise our targets especially in consideration of the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act. The Board is delighted to note the TotalEnergies is committed to sustained investments in the gas sector with consideration for renewable energy,”NCDMB Secretary ,Engr Simbi Wabote said.

The sailing out of IKD1 Topsidehas signaled the completion of the last platform to enable tie-back of the IKIKE Project to the Amenam Production towards unlocking over 32,000 barrels of oil per day in the second quarter of 2022.

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In response to this laudable achievement, the TotalEnergies Nigeria’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Sangster, said:

 “The IKIKE Field Development Project, on the heels of the Egina Project is a further commitment of TotalEnergies to Nigeria and the growth of the oil and gas sector.

“Aside meeting the incremental 32,000bpd, Sangster said the IKIKE also aims to Capitalize on lessons learnt from previous projects (OFON2, OML 58 Upgrade)to assure a development with strategy fit for context, maximize local content at sustainable cost, simplified design, economic and fast execution to first oil.Create a template for future similar developments of TotalEnergies,” He further stated.

Managing Director, Saipem Nigeria Limited, Walter Peviani, expressed its profound gratitude to Nigerian contractors which include IGPES and other subcontractors for their expertise and capacity to deliver on time without Lost Time Injury (LTI) or incident amidst industry challenges especially during Covid-19 pandemic.

The IKD1 platform is a precision module designed to be fully unmanned and remotely operated, heralding the ingenious transfer of innovative technology in the oil and gas industry towards the aspiration of the establishment of the Nigeria content board.

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