The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) estimated that the country will increase its crude oil production by 200,000b/d during the first quarter of 2018, Vanguard reported.

NNPC’s Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, stated that the boost in the country’s oil output will come from the commissioning of the Umbilical Flow-lines and Risers (UFR) for the Egina Deep Offshore Project, by Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, in Port-Harcourt, according to Ecofin Agency.

The project entails the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of 52km of oil production and water injection flow-lines, as well as 2km of oil and  20km of gas export pipelines alongside the installation and the commissioning of 80km of steel tube Umbilical and mooring FPSO and Offshore Loading Terminal (OLT).

The Egina field, which was discovered in 2003 is situated about 20km from the Akpo field in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130, in a water depth of 1,750m.

This comes as Nigeria struggles with output disruptions caused by militant attacks and vandals. Recently, Egypt Oil&Gas reported that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has claimed responsibility for bombing the Bonny 48-inche crude oil export line in Rivers State in Nigeria.