Nigeria has reported that a TotalEnergies-operated FPSO off the coast of Nigeria has spilled more than 100,000 gallons of oil in a loading accident.
On the morning of November 15th offshore processing ship Egina (IMO 9695896) released about 3,000 barrels of oil from a loading export hose failure, according to Nigeria’s National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).
TotalEnergies Country Communications Manager Charles Ebereonwu said that it was “not a massive leak and the sheen has been treated with the appropriate response that resulted in a reduction of most of it. No shoreline or communities have been impacted. Production has not been affected”.
TotalEnergies’ team is using dispersants to break up the slick, according to Nigerian maritime agency NIMASA.
NOSDRA, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and the NUPRC’s Emergency Response Centre have also been involved.
NOSDRA Director Idris Musa told local media that “the spill was not a minor one, it was the response strategy that we put in place that resulted in limited impact and we have been tracing and tracking the oil slick and supervising response efforts”.
The Egina FPSO is about 90nm to the west of the island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. The oil slick was not expected to reach shore.
Egina is among the largest FPSOs ever built, 220,000 dwt and 1,100ft in length.
2017-built, Nigeria-flagged, 219,830 gt Egina is owned and managed by Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd of Lagos, Nigeria. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of TotalEnergies Upstream Nigeria Ltd.