Aker Energy hires Fugro for Pecan survey off Ghana

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Oil and gas company Aker Energy has awarded Fugro a contract for geotechnical and geophysical survey services on the Pecan field, located offshore Ghana.

Fugro Searcher; Source: Navingo

Fugro said on Monday that the surveys would obtain critical seabed and sub-seabed information to facilitate the planning and emplacement of the Pecan subsea infrastructure and the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ship.

The contract includes surveys performed from two vessels for a 10-week period starting in March, and subsequent laboratory testing.

Geophysical survey data will be acquired using the Fugro Searcher and one of Fugro’s fleet of deepwater AUVs, Echo Surveyor VI; the geotechnical vessel Fugro Scout, specifically designed for geotechnical operations in water depths of up to 3000 m, will then follow to provide drilling, and seabed sampling and in situ testing.

“For Aker Energy, this contract is an important next step as we prepare for the ramp up of the Pecan project,” said Olav Henriksen, Senior Vice President for Projects at Aker Energy.

According to Fugro, as part of the contract, an emphasis has been placed on local involvement via Fugro’s Ghanaian office. The shore base for the two ships will be Takoradi, in the west of the country, materials will be locally sourced where possible, and the Fugro team will comprise at least one trainee surveyor and one experienced surveyor from Ghana.

Aker Energy holds a 50 percent participating interest in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block in Ghana, including the Pecan development project. The company is planning to develop the Pecan field in the DWT/CTP block with a purpose-built FPSO connected to a subsea production system at 2,400 meters below sea level offshore Ghana.

Aker Energy submitted an integrated plan of Development and Operations (PDO) to Ghanaian authorities for the DWT/CTP block in March 2019. The integrated PDO presents an overall plan for a phased development and production of the resources in the DWT/CTP contract area.

The phased development plan will start with the development of the Pecan field as a firm phase one, being the largest of several discoveries in the area.

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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