Total awarded Saipem a $4-billion engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning contract for two converted turret-moored FPSOs for the Kaombo field development project in block 32 offshore Angola. Bureau Veritas will oversee the conversion of the vessels and class the floaters in service, while certifying the topsides and turret assemblies.
Two very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will be converted into FPSOs at Sembawang shipyard in Singapore. Each will have an oil treating capacity of 115,000 b/d, a water injection capacity of 200,000 b/d, a 100 MMcf/d (2.8 MMcm/d) gas compression capacity, and a storage capacity of 1.7 MMboe.
Part of the activities related to engineering, procurement, topsides modules fabrication, and integration as well as commissioning onshore and offshore works will be carried out in Angola. The topsides fabrication activities will be undertaken in Saipem’s Karimun Island Yard in Indonesia.
The first FPSO is expected to be operational by 1Q 2017 and the second by 2Q 2017.