Construction work is underway for an oil loading buoy system at the port of Sèmè-Kpodji that is located in the Ouémé Department of south-eastern Benin.
The works will be carried out by Bluewater Energy Services B.V., a Dutch operator in the oil and gas industry that specializes in the design, lease, ownership, and operation of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels; and the design and supply of advanced turret mooring systems and CALM buoys.
This project is part of the ongoing Niger-Benin pipeline project, which is subject to a bilateral agreement signed by the governments of Benin and Niger in January 2019.
Scope of the Niger-Benin pipeline project
The project involves the construction of a 1980 km pipeline from the Agadem oil field in the East Niger Rift Basin, through the southwest of Niamey, to the Port of Seme Terminal in Benin.
A 685 km section of the entire pipeline is in Benin. The construction of this section was launched last month with the West Africa Oil Pipeline Bénin Company (WAPCO Bénin), which is a subsidiary of the China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Co. (CNODC), itself a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), as the contractor.
The construction of the pipeline alongside two pumping stations at Gogounou and Tchatchou in the Alibori and Borgou Departments respectively is expected to be completed in 2023.
The entire project entails the construction of a total of nine pumping stations.
Expectations for the Niger-Benin pipeline project
Upon completion, the Niger-Benin pipeline project will boost Niger’s daily oil production from 20,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels in 2023 and to 200,000 barrels over the long term.
It will also allow Benin to become an actor in the oil sector without producing a drop of oil and also help improve the tax revenues of the West African country with annual transit costs of around US$ 30M.