Nigeria’s deep water operations have generated revenue exceeding $180billion following industry players’ capital investment in excess of $65billion with the potentials for growth amidst untapped abundant opportunities in the sector.
Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), made this disclosure while delivering a paper entitled: “Deepwater Operations in Nigeria: The journey so far” at the Panel session of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) in the ongoing golden anniversary of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas.
Represented by the chief operating officer, Upstream of the NNPC, Bello Rabiu, Baru stated that Nigeria held approximately 13billion barrels of oil, out of which about 2billion has been produced with a huge volume yet untapped.
Ndu Ughamadu, the group general manager, group public affairs division, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Baru said Nigeria remained an active player relative to other regions in terms of deep water development, stressing that the industry started with the deployment of latest technology, a stride it has continued to maintain.
“Out of the 15 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) in Nigeria, seven have been deployed for deep water operations. Nigeria ranks only behind Angola within the African deepwater operations in terms of FPSO deployment,” Dr. Baru informed.
According to the GMD, the country has utilised each deep water project as an avenue to upscale its unique human capital skills in different areas not limited to engineering design, project management, welding and diving.
He added the local content contribution or services share in deep water had continued to grow and improve from the sub 1% level to an aggregate contribution of over 25%, from engineering man-hours of less than 20,000 to over 1.1million in recent Egina project.
“With the Nigerian content, tonnage has grown by 600% from the first deepwater project till date,” Baru noted.
The NNPC helmsman stated that deep water projects had benefited the wider economy by boosting demand for a range of goods and services, including offshore vessels and platforms, materials, floating hotels, helicopters and manpower, creating jobs and providing wide range of training and maintenance services to the industry locally.
He added that services in areas such as manpower supply, logistics, and vessel supply, chemical supplies had more or less been domesticated in the deep water value chain.