Total Upstream in Nigeria has commenced production from its 180,000 barrels per day (bpd) Usan oil field. Usan, the second deep offshore development operated by Total in Nigeria is coming on stream less than three years after Akpo.
Nigeria currently produces about 2.5mbpd of crude. The start-off of production from the Usan oilfield would boost Nigeria’s daily output to 2.68mbpd, Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke had disclosed on Tuesday at the just-concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference in Abuja.
In February 2008, Total was given approval from the Nigerian Government to begin the development of its offshore Usan field. Discovered in 2002, the Usan field lies around 100 kilometres off the South East Nigerian coast in water depths ranging from 750 to 850 meters. The Usan development comprises a spread moored Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to process 180 000 barrels per day and with a crude storage capacity of 2 million barrels. Development involves 42 wells that are connected to the FPSO by a 70 kilometre-long subsea network. Proven and probable reserves of Usan were put at in excess of 500 million barrels of oil.