Norwegian-based subsea and offshore services firm, Havfram, has secured a contract from Singapore’s MODEC Offshore Production Systems for the Léopold Sédar Senghor Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. While MODEC is responsible for supplying the FPSO for works in Senegal’s Sangomar deepwater field, Havfram has been enlisted for the pre-installation of the subsea mooring system.
Havfram will act as project manager, engineering, installing, storing and transporting nine suction piles and corresponding mooring lines 100 km offshore at a 780-meter water depth. The contractors will be based at Havfram’s Norway and UK offices to finalize phase one of the Sangomar project, which is scheduled to come online in 2023.
The contract marks a significant win for Havfram in further consolidating their regional stronghold, having been previously enlisted for mooring works for bp’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) megadevelopment on the Senegal-Mauritania border just 12 months earlier. The MODEC contract is the fourth project Havfram has been awarded on the north-west African coastline in recent years, joining Norwegian Continental Shelf moorings for the Johan Castberg and Jotun FPSOs. However, the unique geography of the Sangomar field development and its blocks – Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep – make this one of the most ambitious operations for Havfram in recent years, five times the depth and almost three times the distance compared to the GTA FPSO mooring.
Representing Senegal’s first major oil project, Sangomar is run by Australia’s Woodside Energy in partnership with national oil company, Petrosen. Phase one of the development, now back on track following COVID-19 pandemic-related delays, targets 230 million barrels of crude oil in the most readily accessible reserves out of the estimated 500 million barrels total. Production is anticipated at 100,000 barrels per day.
Such progress at Sangomar bodes well for the MSGBC region’s emerging energy sector. At the head of Senegal’s hydrocarbon rush, Sangomar will, in addition to oil, deliver 130 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, equivalent to approximately 400 MW in domestic gas-to-power generation potential. With further mega-reserves such as Senegal’s Yakaar-Teranga and Mauritania’s BirAllah awaiting final investment decision this year, Sangomar will undoubtedly join bp’s GTA as a gold standard and calling card for future hydrocarbon actors and investors.
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