Nigeria: new FSO ELI Akaso has started storage operations offshore Bonny

Century Energy Services Ltd (CESL), part of Nigeria’s Century Group, has announced the completion of spread mooring installation at the floating, storage and offloading (FSO) unit ELI Akaso offshore Bonny in Nigeria.

The double hull terminal has a storage capacity of 2 million barrels and will provide hydrocarbons evacuation, storage, and offtake solutions for producers within the area. It has been classed by Bureau Veritas for oil storage services.

The commissioning of the FSO is welcomed news for producers around Bonny who have struggled to evacuate their oil over the past few years due to the unavailability of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) and the Trans-Niger Pipeline (TNP). Both lines are the main options for operators to send their oil to Shell’s Bonny Oil Terminal for exports to global markets.

The FSO ELI Akaso will be providing an alternative options to store and export oil and is expected to support production recovery around Bonny.

“The FSO ELI Akaso, which offers hydrocarbon storage and export solutions, exemplifies our strategic approach to addressing both current and future demands of the oil and gas industry,” said EnergyLink Managing Director Adekolapo Ademola.

The terminal is owned by Energy Link Infrastructure Limited (EnergyLink) and operated/managed by CESL.

“With the FSO ELI Akaso Terminal, we have significantly advanced our collaboration in oil and gas infrastructure, positively impacting EnergyLink's business approach and bottom line. The terminal is a remarkable accomplishment and a further testament to CESL's energy infrastructure project delivery capacity and experience,” added Ken Etete, Group CEO at the Century Group.

CESL has imposed itself as Africa’s foremost owner and operator of FPSOs and FSOs. Its fleet includes the FPSO Tamara Nanaye, previously deployed on OML 113, the FPSO Tamara Tokoni on OML 120, and the recently acquired FPSO Tamara Elmina (former Sendje Berge).

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Petralon Energy CEO takes over as Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd (NGX)

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ONHYM and IN-VR to host the 3rd Morocco Oil & Gas Summit

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