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SNEPCo Restates Deepwater Credentials at Subsea Course
The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), the company which made Nigeria’s first deepwater oil discovery at Bonga, has said it is committed to the continuous application of technology in the deepwater frontier. This includes more rig-less intervention on existing Bonga subsea wells, use of subsea multiphase flow meters in both Bonga North-West and Bonga North as well as smart wells in Bonga North.
The Managing Director of SNEPCo, Chike Onyejekwe said the use of technology would ensure cost efficient and environmentally-friendly operations, and the company “would help to encourage the transfer of deepwater technology to Nigeria by recruiting Nigerians and developing local capability in subsea and deepwater engineering.”
He was speaking at the end of a pioneering course on Subsea Awareness organised by the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) in Lagos. The Shell Group had developed the Subsea Awareness Course and handed it over to SUT to deliver to the oil and gas industry at large. The session in Lagos is the first to be organised by SUT in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Onyejekwe said: “The training is crucial to some of our major deepwater projects and the new technology being applied. SNEPCo will be looking to SUT to help close the knowledge gap as some of our ongoing deepwater projects rely on new technology.”
The Chairman of SUT for Sub-Sahran Africa, Ross Agazuma said: “This course officially launches our programme in Sub-Saharan Africa. The next step is to increase the membership base and expand to other African nations. We are happy at the role SNEPCo has played in the arrival of SUT in Sub-Saharan Africa through the Nigerian operations. SNEPCo was the first corporate member to join and their staff have been part of the teaching faculty as well as course participants.
“SUT Sub-Saharan Africa is in talks with Covenant University about setting up an Offshore and Ocean Technology Institute that will run Master’s degree programmes in renewable and non-renewable energy.” The Subsea Awareness course is targeted at new entrants to the offshore industry, top-level managers, and transferees from other disciplines and experienced engineers who require a refresher course and exposure to latest technology. The Society for Underwater Technology is a multidisciplinary, non-profit body that brings together individuals and organisations interested in exchanging knowledge and information in underwater technology, subsea and offshore engineering.