Akpo Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Total
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Location: OML 130, 200 km Offshore
  • Production start: 2009
  • Partners: Total, operator of Oil Mining License (OML) 130 with a 24% interest, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Sapetro, China’s CNOOC Ltd., and Brazil’s Petrobras.
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
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  • Total’s first deepwater development in Nigeria
  • Located 200 kilometers offshore Nigeria, lying in water depths of 1,300 to 1,500 meters.
  • Its proved and probable reserves are estimated at 620 million barrels of condensate and more than 28 billion cubic meters of gas.
  • Its subsea production system comprises 44 wells — 22 producers, 20 water injectors and two gas injectors — 100 kilometers of subsea flowlines, 80 kilometers of umbilicals to manage and control production, and 14 risers tying the subsea network into the AKPO FPSO.
  • The 310-meter-long, 61-meter-wide and 31-meter-high FPSO is moored by 12 anchor lines and weighs nearly 100,000 metric tons. It is designed to process 185,000 barrels of condensate and 15 million cubic meters of gas a day and to store up to two million barrels of condensate.
  • Gas is piped 150 kilometers to the Amenam Kpono Oil Field platforms, from where it is sent to the Nigeria LNG Terminal


  • Technip: Contract for the FPSO
  • Saipem: engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the Umbilicals, Flowlines, Risers, the oil loading terminal, the FPSO mooring system, and the Gas export Pipeline


  • 2000 - Akpo Oil Field discovered
  • 2005 - Development project launched
  • 2005 - Technip awarded contract for the FPSO
  • 2005 - Saipem awarded subsea contract
  • 2009 - Production start up



  1. AKPO, Total
  2. Saipem Africa Pipeline References
  3. NNPC Announces The Development Of Nigeria's Deep Offshore Akpo Field
  4. Technip awarded contract for the FPSO of the deepwater Akpo field in Nigeria
  5. TotalFinaElf reports promising deep offshore discovery on block 246 in Nigeria
  6. Nigeria: Early start-up of production of the Akpo deep offshore field
  7. Saipem awarded an offshore construction contract in Nigeria amounting approximately to 850 million USD

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