FMC Technologies builds first subsea tree in Nigeria

FMC TechnologiesThe Shell Bonga North West project marks the first subsea tree assembly in Nigeria. (Image source: FMC Technologies)Subsea service company FMC Technologies has commissioned its first subsea production tree built entirely in Nigeria for offshore activities

Used on offshore oil and gas fields, a subsea tree monitors and controls the production of a subsea well. Fixed to the wellhead of a completed well, subsea trees can also manage fluids or gas injected into the well.

The equipment, manufactured for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company’s (SNEPCo) deepwater Bonga North West project, reportedly marks the company’s first subsea equipment engineered, manufactured, tested, installed, and serviced entirely in the West African country.

The project is located 10 km from Bonga Main in water depths of about 1170 metres. Four oil producing wells and two water injection wells in the Bonga North West development will be connected to the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), from where oil is loaded onto tankers and shipped around the world.

Area manager of Africa Region Subsea at FMC Technologies Shelagh Daley 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.”

SNEPCo began oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West in August 2014.

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