Woodside Energy selects Wood for FPSO unit development offshore Senegal

Wood has received a contract from Woodside Energy to provide services for the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit being built for the Sangomar field, located 100km south of Dakar, Senegal.

Scheduled to be completed in 2023, the FPSO will have a processing capacity of 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 130 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, and 145,000 barrels of water injection per day.

It will also have a minimum storage capacity of 1,300,000 barrels of crude oil.

Under the contract, the Wood team will engineer a combined production management system (PMS), and virtual metering system (VMS), for the control room of the Sangomar FPSO facility.

Work will be carried out at Woodside’s offices in Senegal and Perth.

Wood said that the Virtuoso PMS and VMS will be designed to provide real-time monitoring of the production system.

It will also provide decision support for complex operations and advanced surveillance for hydrate and wax management.

The PMS will ensure the continuity of production and reduce flaring while the VMS will help in reducing the subsea flow metres needed for the development.

Wood intelligent operations vice-president Prabu Parthasarathy said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our longstanding relationship with Woodside, following the award of this new contract.

“As one of Africa’s leading natural gas markets, boasting over 450 billion cubic metres of reserves, Senegal is aiming to establish itself as a regional gas producer and exporter. We are proud to be part of this first-of-its-kind project for Senegal, which will play a key role in helping to achieve this goal.”

Wood was selected by Woodside to execute the flow assurance design analysis for the Sangomar FPSO development.

In 2020, Modec, through its subsidiary Modec Senegal (MOSEN), secured a contract to deliver operations and maintenance of the Sangomar FPSO vessel.

The FPSO is planned to be moored permanently at a water depth of approximately 780m by an external turret mooring system, which will be supplied by SOFEC, a Modec company.

Last month, Woodside announced that it was partnering with ReCarbon and LanzaTech to assess the potential of launching an Australian carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) project.

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