MODEC is responsible for supply of the platform, under a contract awarded in 2020.
COSCO has finished the hull and marine works, external turret and topsides module installation and conversion work on the vessel, with the yard and BOMESC Offshore Engineering Co. in Tianjin sharing fabrication of the topside modules.
Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Industries built the external turret mooring system.
Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill said the construction “successfully navigated the challenges posed by pandemic-related travel and logistical restrictions throughout 2021 and 2022, ensuring the FPSO remained on schedule for startup at the Sangomar Field in late 2023.”
The vessel is now being transferred to Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Tuas Shipyard in Singapore for the completion of topsides integration and support of pre-commissioning and commissioning activities.
The FPSO, converted from a VLCC, is named after Senegal’s first president, Leopold Sédar Senghor. It will have a capacity to produce 100,000 bbl/d of oil.
At present, Phase 1 of the Sangomar project is close to 70% complete. The development, due to start up in late 2023, includes 23 wells and supporting subsea infrastructure, designed to allow tie-in of subsequent phases.
Woodside operates with an 82% interest, with the remainder held by state-owned PETROSEN.
In addition, Woodside has announced full-year 2023 production guidance for its global activities in the range of 180 MMboe to 190 MMboe. This includes the assumed mid-year startup of the bp-operated Mad Dog Phase 2 in the US Gulf of Mexico.