Senegal gives green light for Woodside’s Sangomar plan

The Government of Senegal has approved the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore, and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture Exploitation Plan and granted the Exploitation Authorization for the Sangomar field development located offshore Senegal. 

Sangomar concept; Image courtesy of Woodside

Woodside submitted its development and exploitation plan for the Sangomar field, formerly known as SNE, at the beginning of December last year.

The beginning of the execute phase of the Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 (Sangomar Development) is subject to final execution of the Host Government Agreement with the Government of Senegal and the approval and award of key contracts, Woodside, the operator, said on Thursday.

The Sangomar Development concept is a stand-alone floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility with 23 subsea wells and supporting subsea infrastructure.

The FPSO, expected to have a production capacity of 100,000 bbl/day, will process the oil before it is exported to the market via tankers.

The first oil is targeted in early 2023. The FPSO will allow for the integration of potential future development phases, including gas export to shore and future subsea tie-backs.

The RSSD joint venture comprises Woodside, Capricorn Senegal Limited (a subsidiary of Cairn Energy, FAR Ltd, and Petrosen (the Senegal National Oil Company).

FAR managing director, Cath Norman, said, “This is a momentous milestone for the joint venture and the people of Senegal and FAR is proud to have played an integral part in the discovery, appraisal and now commitment to develop the significant oil resource offshore Senegal. We thank all of our stakeholders and look forward to the coming weeks and months before first oil in early 2023”.

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