Seplat Energy Plc, a Nigerian energy company, has announced that it has begun commercial injection of crude oil through the new Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline.
The 67km pipeline, which is mostly underground, is expected to provide a more reliable and secure export route for liquids from Seplat Energy’s major assets OML 4, 38 and 41, connecting them with the Chevron-operated Escravos Terminal, according to a statement on Monday.
It has a capacity of 160,000 barrels per day, of which the Seplat Energy/NPDC joint venture is entitled to inject 35,000 bpd.
“Dewatering was completed on Friday 29 July and the Site Acceptance Test is now underway with commercial volumes,” the company said.
Seplat said the Trans Forcados System it used to rely on had experienced numerous disruptions in recent years due to pipeline maintenance and vandalism, which had impacted the company’s revenues.
The Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Energy, Roger Brown, said, “The commercial launch of the Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline is a significant event for Seplat Energy and for Nigeria, offering a more secure and reliable export route that will assure higher revenues and profitability for Seplat Energy, enabling us to make a larger contribution to Nigeria’s economy.
“We commend the work that has made this possible and appreciate the efforts of our partners and all contractors involved to create this more reliable and secure export route for Nigeria’s oil.”