BW offloads first oil cargo from Tortue field FPSO

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First oil cargo was offloaded from the BW Offshore-owned FPSO BW Adolo located offshore Gabon on Sunday, December 2.

A total of 550,000 bbls of oil were transferred from the FPSO to a tanker which will transport the crude oil to a refinery, BW Offshore said on Monday.

The BW Adolo FPSO is installed on the Tortue field, one of five proven discoveries in the Dussafu license.

The field development and start of production on the Dussafu license has progressed within budget and on schedule, BW added.

The FPSO unit was prepared for deployment at Tortue by a Keppel shipyard in Singapore and officially named FPSO BW Adolo in early April 2018. It arrived in Gabon in late July and hook up of mooring systems and installation of risers and umbilicals were completed in September.

After completing the hook up and installation, the BW Adolo achieved first oil from the Tortue field on September 16.

The Dussafu license is operated by BW Energy Gabon (BWEG), which holds a 91.667 percent interest, while Panoro holds an 8.333 percent interest as a partner. BW Energy is a subsidiary of BW Offshore.

The BW Adolo is a converted VLCC with an oil storage capacity of up to 1,350,000 barrels and a production capacity of up to 40,000 barrels oil per day. The vessel has undergone an increased life extension scope enabling an extended production profile on the back of positive reserve developments.

It is also worth mentioning that BW in late November sanctioned the second phase of its Tortue development. The second phase entails drilling of four additional horizontal development wells, tied back to the FPSO with a budget of $275 million.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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