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Woodside Commissions Pre-Lay Survey at the Sangomar Field Development

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Australian petroleum exploration and production company, Woodside Energy, has commissioned a pre-lay survey at the deepwater Sangomar field development, offshore Senegal, ahead of the company’s subsea installation campaign schedule.

Phase 1 of the Sangomar oil field development is at a 48% completion stage and set to expect first oil in 2023. The pre-lay survey is able to determine the conditions of the offshore field’s seabed, using either rock support or trench intervention works. This will inform the exact route for where the pipeline should be laid.

Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill highlighted, in the company’s Fourth Quarter Report, that, “Significant progress (has been) made at the Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 in Senegal, with equipment continuing to arrive in- country ahead of the subsea-installation campaign, scheduled to commence in the second quarter of this year (2022).”

The field development will comprise a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, 23 subsea wells, and supporting infrastructure. The FPSO vessel is to be moored at a water depth of approximately 780 meters. The vessel is capable of processing 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 130 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, and will have a minimum capacity of 1.3 million barrels of crude oil.

Located 100km south of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, Sangomar, Sangomar Deep Blocks and the Sangomar Field Development covers a combined area of 7,490km2 within the Senegalese portion of the Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry Basin (MSGBC).

Woodside Energy will be playing a significant role in its development, in partnership with Senegal’s national oil company, Societé des Petroles du Sénégal.

The company seeks to accelerate oil and gas projects in West Africa and globally, with plans to increase capital spending by one-third – taking figures to roughly $4 billion. Woodside Energy’s total investment spending in 2022 will range between $3.8 billion and $4.2 billion, and the company forecasts that its production for the year could rise by 4% or up to 98 million barrels of oil equivalent.

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Matthew Goosen is a Video Editor and Content Writer at Energy Capital & Power. He holds an Honours Degree in Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town and is currently undergoing his Masters Degree. Born in Pretoria and raised internationally, he has been living in Cape Town since 2013.