Senegal’s first-ever FPSO arrives for mid-2024 startup

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Woodside Energy announced the February 10 arrival of the first floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to Senegal’s waters. The Léopold Sédar Senghor FPSO will now be hooked up to the subsea infrastructure and 23 wells for a mid-2024 startup, Woodside said. It has oil production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. 

The Sangomar field, containing both oil and gas, is located approximately 100 kilometers south of Dakar, the country’s capital. Work on the Sangomar field development commenced in early 2020.

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The initial phase is referred to as the Sangomar field development phase 1. Woodside said this phase will focus on developing the less complex reservoir units and testing other reservoirs to support gas export to shore. 

The field is spread over 400 square kilometers, in water depths of 700-1400 meters. This phase of the development will target ~230 million barrels of crude oil.

“A project of this magnitude requires tremendous collaboration among multiple teams, strong project leadership and a commitment to working safely,” Woodside said in a LinkedIn post. 

Woodside operates the Sangomar exploitation area with an 82% stake, alongside PETROSEN.

Woodside said it is working with the government of Senegal to develop local capabilities by supporting training initiatives and offering employment opportunities.

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