France-based Nexans is to supply cables for Total’s Egina floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform 130km off the coast of Nigeria.

The Egina oil field lies in water depth of 1,750m.

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) secured a €2.8bn contract with Total in March 2013 to build the vessel.

SHI’s contract includes design, procurement, building, transportation, and pilot operation.

The project represents more than 2,200km of power, instrumentation, and control to service the FPSO.

The cables have been designed by Nexans to prevent gas leakages and boost safety. They can be used in flammable or high-risk environments.

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"The cables have been designed by Nexans to prevent gas leakages and boost safety."

Set to be operational from 2017, the Total-operated FPSO is 330m in length, 61m-wide and 34m-high and has a storage capacity of 2.3 million barrels of oil.

Nexans Middle East, Russia and Africa executive vice-president Benjamin Fitoussi said: "Nexans is incredibly proud to have been selected as cables supplier for this ambitious project.

"The contract with SHI is our largest FPSO contract to date, highlighting our expertise in the oil and gas industry."

Total started drilling programme on the Egina field in December 2014. The company already drilled five out of the planned 44 subsea wells at water depths of between 1,400m and 1,700m.

The wells are planned to be connected, using umbilicals and risers to an FPSO.

Image: The Egina oil field is located in water depth of 1,750m. Photo: courtesy of Nexans.