A dispute over towing services could jeopardize Total’s Egina project offshore Nigeria with a government agency threatening to prohibit the FPSO unit from entering its waters.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) insists that the country’s law gives it sole authority over towing and piloting, which conflicts with a multimillion-dollar contract that Total has signed. The company’s Egina FPSO vessel left its shipyard in South Korea on Oct. 31 and was expected to arrive in Nigerian waters during the second week of January.

The ship is scheduled for integration of its six topsides at Tarkwa Bay in Lagos, Nigeria. Failing to reach an agreement with the NPA would reduce Nigerian content in the project and erode confidence about its viability.

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