TotalEnergies, NNPC take FID on new gas project to supply Nigeria LNG plant

France’s TotalEnergies and Nigeria’s NNPC have taken the final investment decision for the development of the Ubeta gas field to supply Nigeria LNG’s Bonny Island plant.

TotalEnergies, operator of OML 58 onshore license in Nigeria with a 40 percent interest, together with NNPC that holds 60 percent, announced the decision in a statement issued on Thursday.

The firm did not provide the financial details of the project.

Located about 80 km northwest of Port Harcourt in Rivers state, the OML 58 license contains two fields currently in production, the Obagi oil field and the Ibewa gas and condensate field.

OML58 gas production is processed in the Obite treatment center and supplied to both the Nigerian domestic gas market and to Nigeria LNG’s plant.

Also located in OML58, the Ubeta gas condensate field will be developed with a new 6-well cluster connected to the existing Obite facilities through a 11 km buried pipeline, TotalEnergies said.

TotalEnergies said Ubeta is a “low-emission and low-cost development2, leveraging on OML58 existing gas processing facilities.

The carbon intensity of the project will be further reduced through a 5 MW solar plant currently under construction at the Obite site and the electrification of the drilling rig.

2027

Production start-up is expected in 2027, with a plateau of 300 million cubic feet per day, about 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensates, TotalEnergies said.

TotalEnergies said gas from Ubeta will be supplied to NLNG’s liquefaction plant located in Bonny Island with an on-going capacity expansion from 22 to 30 mtpa, in which TotalEnergies holds a 15 percent interest.

The addition of around 8 mtpa of capacity to the Bonny Island facility will come from the NLNG Train 7 project, which is currently under construction.

The project consists of the construction of one complete LNG train and one additional liquefaction unit. It also includes other associated utilities and infrastructures.

Besides TotalEnergies, Nigeria LNG is owned by NNPC (49 percent), Shell (25.6 percent), and Eni (10.4 percent).

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