Vaalco extends FPSO charter offshore Gabon
BW Offshore has received a one-year contract extension for the lease of one of its floating, production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels.
BW Offshore said on Friday that it won an extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Petróleo Nautipa.
The FPSO vessel is currently operating on the Etame field offshore Gabon for Vaalco Energy.
According to the company, the firm period was extended to the third quarter of 2021 from the third quarter of 2020, with options until 3Q 2022.
The FPSO Petróleo Nautipa has been working for Vaalco at the Etame field since 2002. At the time of the initial contract award, the FPSO was 50-50 owned by Fred. Olsen Production and BW Offshore.
The two companies signed a five-year extension with Vaalco for the FPSO in July 2012. The contract was extended from 3Q 2015 to 3Q 2020 with options for two additional years. The contract was worth $300 million, including options.
Yinson acquired Fred. Olsen Production in December 2013 and, in turn, gained ownership of the 50 percent stake in the Petróleo Nautipa FPSO. Yinson sold its share in the vessel to BW Offshore in October 2014 for $49.3 million.
It is also worth noting that Vaalco was awarded a ten-year extension for the Etame Marin exclusive exploitation areas through 2028 from the government of Gabon back in September 2018.