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Woodside celebrates next Sangomar step

Companies building the Sangomar FPSO have completed their work, keeping the Senegalese field on schedule for start in late 2023.

Woodside Energy, announcing the development, paid tribute to the work of Modec, COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, BOMESC Offshore Engineering and Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (PJOE).

Sangomar is now 70% complete, the Australian company said.

Woodside awarded the FPSO supply contract to Modec in 2020. China’s COSCO completed the hull and marine works, external turret and topside module installation, and conversion work on VLCC.

BOMESC and COSCO fabricated the topsides modules. PJOE fabricated the external turret mooring system.

“The Chinese yards achieved excellent safety performance throughout this phase of construction, logging more than 16 million hours of complex construction work without a lost-time injury event,” said Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill.

“The construction teams also successfully navigated the challenges posed by pandemic-related travel and logistical restrictions throughout 2021 and 2022, ensuring the FPSO remained on schedule for start-up at the Sangomar field in late 2023.”

The vessel is now in Singapore, at the Keppel Offshore & Marine yard. Keppel will carry out the topsides integration and commissioning work.

Woodside also released its production guidance for 2023 today. It has not included any oil from Sangomar.

The Senegalese field will be able to produce 100,000 barrels per day of oil. In addition to the FPSO it involves 23 wells and subsea infrastructure, with options for later expansion.

Woodside has an 82% stake in the Sangomar project, while state-owned Petrosen has 18%.

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