National Oilwell Varco's APL business unit delivers largest deepwater offshore offloading buoy in West Africa to Total.

Total Upstream Production Nigeria (TUPNI) originally awarded NOV / APL the offshore loading terminal contract for the development of the Egina field in 2013. The buoy turret loading concept, designed for deepwater applications requiring large and frequent offloading operations, has now been delivered to TUPNI.

The Egina field is located 150 km off the coast of Nigeria. The field is being developed by TUPNI in partnership with the company’s coventurers NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO, and Petrobras. The offshore loading terminal, weighing in at approximately 1,000 tons, has an offloading capacity of 6,600 m³ per hour in a dual-hose configuration. The unit will be moored in water depths approximately 1500 meters.

“APL performed 2,000,000 man/hours without a single lost time incident, highlighting a culture of safety and commitment to excellence. The offshore loading unit will be installed soon, having exceeded Nigerian content commitments and setting the standard for future EPC projects in West Africa,” according to press release from NOV.

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The buoy was launched in Nigeria Monday.