FPSO Léopold Sédar Senghor; Source: MODEC

MODEC cheers FPSO’s first oil from Senegal’s offshore field

Japanese FPSO operator MODEC has congratulated Woodside Energy on starting production at Senegal’s first offshore oil development where a floating production storage offloading (FPSO) unit it sold to the Australian energy giant is working.

FPSO Léopold Sédar Senghor; Source: MODEC

After Woodside announced that the Sangomar field, Senegal’s inaugural offshore development it operates, started production yesterday, MODEC wished the Australian company success with future development of the field deploying the FPSO Léopold Sédar Senghor it delivered in February.

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Soichi Ide, President and CEO of MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore), noted: “Despite facing numerous challenges and uncertainties, all stakeholders have demonstrated exceptional teamwork, adaptability, and perseverance throughout the project. The achievement of first oil is a testament to our professionalism, great integration with the Woodside client team, and a strong determination to succeed.”

Woodside purchased the FPSO from MODEC in early 2020, followed by an operations and maintenance deal, enabling the Japanese player to stay on as the vessel’s operator. The FPSO, moored permanently at approximately 100 kilometers offshore Senegal at a water depth of around 780 meters, has an expected production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day and a storage capacity of 1.3 million barrels.

MODEC operates several other FPSOs that will be deployed in Africa, but also worldwide. The FPSO Errea Wittu destined for ExxonMobil’s project in Guyanese waters recently had its keel laid, while two of its units destined for Brazil completed a project to quantify emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases (GHG) they produce.