LADOL sues Total, Samsung over $3.8bn FSPO project

The Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) has taken Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (Total),  to court over plots to exclude it from a $3.8 billion Egina Oil platform project which they jointly won late last year.

Joined in the suit filed before Justice Aneke of a Lagos Federal High Court are, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board (NCDMB),  the Minister of Petroleum Resources  and Samsung Heavy Industry

The company is praying  the court to make a declaration that a contract awarded by Total to Samsung on or about  March 15, 2013 for the construction and installation of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) at Total’s Egina oilfield in oil mining lease (OML) No 130 in deep offshore Nigeria (the “Egina FPSO Project”) is subject to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.

Other reliefs being sought by the company include a “declaration that the Egina FPSO Project contract was awarded by Total to Samsung, with the approval of the Nigerian regulatory authorities including NNPC, NAPIMS, NCDMB and the Ministry of Petroleum, on the basis inter alia that a significant proportion of the steel fabrication and the integration of the FPSO topsides would be carried out at LADOL’s yard in the LADOL Free Zone, Tarkwa Bay, Lagos.

“A declaration that the Egina FPSO Project contract was also awarded by Total to Samsung on the basis inter alia of Samsung’s representations and assurances to the Nigerian regulatory authorities that Samsung would build and operate training Facility in the LADOL Free Zone for the training and education of Nigerians.

“A declaration that the Egina FPSO Project contract was bided for and obtained by Samsung on the basis of a joint venture and/or arrangement between Samsung and LADOL for the development, construction and operation of an offshore fabrication yard and FPSO integration facilities in the LADOL Free Zone for the purposes, amongst others, of the Egina FPSO Project (Joint Arrangement).

“A declaration that having bided for and represented to the Nigerian regulators that LADOL was its local content partner and on the basis of the Joint Arrangement, obtained the award of the Egina FPSO Project contract, it is not open to Total and Samsung unilaterally to exclude LADOL from the execution of the said contract.”

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