UK based oil and gas firm Afren and its partner Oriental Energy Resources have reported the naming and sail away ceremony for the Ebok Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) at the Gulf Copper Yard in Galveston, Texas.

The Veer Prem MOPU will be the crude oil production and processing facility at the Ebok field development located offshore south east Nigeria.

The facility is a former jack-up drilling rig that has been successfully converted to a MOPU by removing the drilling package and replacing it with a newly fabricated processing module.

It has been prepared with an initial oil production capacity of 50,000bopd, water injection capacity of 25,000bwpd and gas lift/injection capacity of 9/6mmcfd.

Crude oil produced and processed at the MOPU will then be stored on the 1.2 million barrel capacity Floating Storage Offloading vessel (FSO), which will accommodate regular sales offtake by tankers up to VLCC size.

The facility has been designed to allow for on site expansion and upgrade to also accommodate production from any future additional development phases at the field.

Both the MOPU and FSO are expected to arrive on location during November, with production start up remaining on track by year end.