FIRST E&P awards Aquaterra Energy for Nigeria’s platform

7751015944 f5a66328d5 zAquaterra Energy will manage the end-to-end project scope with engineering and onsite fabrication support in Nigeria. (Image source: Ken Doerr/Flickr)FIRST E&P has awarded Aquaterra Energy a contract to design, engineer and install two non-identical Sea Swift conductor-supported offshore platforms in the Niger Delta Basin

Aquaterra Energy, an offshore engineering solutions provider, will be working with local partner Maerlin Nigeria to develop the platforms for FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Ltd (FIRST E&P).

The platforms are for the Anyala and Madu deposits in mining leases 83 and 85 in Nigeria, where the Nigerian National Company Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is a joint venture partner, the company said.

The Anyala and Madu field project will develop about 185 mmbbl of oil and 637 bcf of gas reserves, it added. After completion, the platforms will be installed in water depths of 35 m to 55 m, with the first oil expected by the end of 2019.

Aquaterra Energy will manage the end-to-end project scope with engineering and onsite fabrication support in Nigeria. The work includes structural design, topsides engineering, equipment selection, procurement, fabrication management and logistics.

Stewart Maxwell, technical director at Aquaterra Energy, said, “To meet FIRST E&P’s goal of reaching first oil in 2019, a modern approach to platform development is required, and a partner with the technical expertise to develop a cost-effective, comprehensive solution that could be designed, engineered and delivered rapidly.”

“With six Sea Swift platforms operational globally, including four offshore Africa, our team has the breadth of experience and technical know-how to solve client challenges like these in a safe, cost-effective and timely manner,” he added.

Aquaterra Energy’s Sea Swift offshore platform is a modular system that combines an offshore platform with the rig-run benefits of a subsea development. This offers operators a flexible option to reduce their build and installation costs, and importantly reduce time to first oil in shallow water applications, the company concluded

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