Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Nigerdock have completed Chevron’s Sonam non-associated gas wellhead platform (Sonam NWP). The platform is now ready to load out and set sail to the Sonam field for installation.
At its inauguration at Nigerdock’s fabrication yard on Snake Island, the Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Clay Neff, represented by the company’s Director for Business Services, Emmanuel Imafidon, said the project accomplished in over 2.8 million man-hours, was done without injury or incident.
The Sonam NWP will enable the delivery of up to 300 Mmcf/d of gas from Sonam to Chevron’s Escravos gas plant. This project will enable delivery of additional gas supply to the domestic market.
The Chairman of Nigerdock and Jagal Group, Anwar Jamarkani said the platform has a height of 28 meters, width of 40 meters and a length of 50 meters, making it the largest topside module ever built in Nigeria. Because of the volume of gas the platform will produce, he said the project is a major milestone as it will provide feedstock for the much needed power generation.
He said: “The project will boost power generation ability and provide the much needed power for Nigeria’s domestic and industrial needs. It will significantly eliminate gas flaring from the project in fulfillment of government’s gas flaring policy, and attract gas investment opportunities thereby boosting this administration’s effort to diversify the economy from dependence on crude oil proceeds.”
Jamarkani went on to say that the project served as a major milestone in Nigeria’s quest towards achieving increased local content in the nation’s oil and gas sector. Over the course of the project Nigerdock recorded several remarkable achievements leveraging Nigerian human and material resources, and maintaining its commitment to investment in equipment, infrastructure and technology.