Eni prolongs FPSO’s stay off Nigeria

Italian-headquartered oil and gas giant Eni has handed out another short-term contract extension to BW Offshore for one of its floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, which is working on a field located offshore Nigeria.

BW Offshore disclosed on Friday, 13 January 2023, that it had signed a short-term extension for the Abo FPSO with Nigerian Agip Exploration, a subsidiary of Eni, enabling the FPSO to carry out operations on the Abo field until 31 March 2023.

Eni prolongs FPSO’s stay off Nigeria
Abo FPSO; Source: BW Offshore

Covering an area of 1,983 km² (490,010 acres), the Abo field is located in the OML 125 license some 40 kilometres off the Nigerian coast on the western edge of the Niger Delta, at a water depth of 550 to 1,100 metres. This field contains light sweet crude oil, typically 39° to 41° API, and natural gas.

With three fields – Abo, Abo North and Okodo – the license encompasses eight producing wells, two water injectors and two gas injectors. These wells are tied back to the Abo FPSO. Agip is the operator with 85 per cent working interest, while Oando Energy Resources holds the remaining 15 per cent.

The Abo FPSO has been working on the Abo field with Eni’s Agip since the start of production in 2003, while the previous extension, which was secured in January 2023, expired on 14 January 2023.

The Abo FPSO comes with a storage capacity of 930,000 barrels of oil, an oil treatment capacity of up to 45,000 bopd, a water injection capacity of 30,000 bopd, and a gas compression capacity of 48,4 mmscfd.