Cooperation key to Niger Delta development

Nigerian companies are making strides in technology and offshore field development. Fisoye Delano of NPDC told participants at the Offshore West Africa Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 21 that success on the Okono and Okpoho fields show the growing competence of domestic companies.

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ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian companies are making strides in technology and offshore field development. Fisoye Delano of NPDC told participants at the Offshore West Africa Conference & Exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 21 that success on the Okono and Okpoho fields show the growing competence of domestic companies.

Okono reached early production via theJamestown FPSO only a few months after production wells were drilled on the field. Okpoho had similar results. "The job started in March, and we had first oil in December," Delano said. "That's record time - one of the fastest in the world."

Delano credited cooperation as one of the keys to success. It was important, he said, to work with the operators of the nearby fields. "It is important that you know your neighbors," he said.

Delano expressed satisfaction in the quality and speed of execution on this project. "I've been invovled with it for four years," he said. "I'm qulaified to say it was a success."

Looking ahead, Delano encouraged others to facilitate development efforts in the region. "We need to create an enabling environment in terms of governance," he said. "NPDC should endeavor to sustain performance and improve upon it."

3/21/2007


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