Woodside sanctions Sangomar development off Senegal

The Sangomar Field Development Phase 1 has been approved by the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture and has entered the execute phase of activities, including major contract awards. 

Sangomar development; Source: Woodside

Woodside, as the operator of the RSSD joint venture, said on Friday it had executed the purchase contract for the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility and issued full notices to proceed for the drilling and subsea construction and installation contracts.

The key contractors for the development are: MODEC, Inc. for the purchase of an FPSO with an oil processing capacity of 100,000 bbl/day; Subsea Integration Alliance (a non-incorporated alliance between Subsea 7 and OneSubsea) for the construction and installation of the integrated subsea production systems and subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines; and Diamond Offshore for two well-based contracts for the drill rigs Ocean BlackRhino and Ocean BlackHawk.

Following the grant of the Exploitation Authorisation by the Government of Senegal on January 8, 2020, the RSSD joint venture has received the relevant regulatory approvals to proceed, including the execution of the Host Government Agreement with the Government of Senegal.

Phase 1 of the development will target an estimated 231 MMbbl of oil resources (2P gross, 60 MMbbl (2P) reserves Woodside net economic interest) from the lower, less complex reservoirs, and an initial pilot phase in the upper reservoirs. As a result of the first reserves booking for the Sangomar Development, the Woodside reserves increased by 60 MMboe at the 2P confidence level.

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the Sangomar Development is a major pillar of Woodside’s growth strategy with substantial upside from potential future phases.

“We look forward to progressing the project towards first oil in early 2023 and expect that our experience in offshore FPSO developments will support its delivery on cost and schedule.”

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

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