LAGOS, Nigeria – FMC Technologies Inc. has commissioned its first subsea production tree built entirely in Nigeria. The equipment, manufactured for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Co. Ltd.’s (SNEPCo) deepwater Bonga North West project, marks the company’s first subsea equipment engineered, manufactured, tested, installed, and serviced entirely in the country.
Oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West began on Aug. 5, 2014. Four oil producing wells and two water injection wells in the Phase 1 development will be connected to the Bonga FPSO.
Shelagh Daley, area manager of FMC Technologies Africa Region Subsea, said: “We have been working with SNEPCo to supply subsea systems for the Bonga North West development since 2010. This local manufacturing of equipment marks a significant milestone for the company and for the country’s energy industry.
“FMC Technologies is contributing to the development of the Nigerian economy not only harnessing and utilizing the country’s natural resources, but also by employing and developing skilled local professionals. FMC Technologies’ operations in Nigeria are responsible for more than 2,000 jobs in Nigeria, including employees and through our supply chain.”