Wood wins contract for FPSO unit development offshore Senegal

SENEGAL – Wood, a British multinational engineering and consulting company has been awarded a contract by Woodside Energy for the Sangomar FPSO development, located 100km south of Dakar, Senegal.

The floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility is specifically designed for the processing of hydrocarbons and the storage of oil before being transported to markets around the world.

On completion in 2023, the FPSO will have a production capacity of approximately 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil, which will provide revenue to help deliver sustainable long-term economic and social benefits for Senegal.

A multidisciplinary Wood team will implement a combined production management system (PMS) and virtual metering system (VMS) at the Sangomar FPSO control room and Woodside’s onshore offices in Senegal and Perth.

The Virtuoso PMS and VMS will provide real-time monitoring of the production system together with decision support for complex operations and advanced surveillance for hydrate and wax management.

The PMS will ensure continuity of production and minimized flaring which reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and methane intensity of Sangomar. VMS minimizes the number of subsea flow meters required for the development.

As a leading process digital twin, Virtuoso monitors and optimizes over 30% of the world’s LNG systems using multiphase flow models combined with real-time data, delivering a real-time decision support system to monitor, control, optimize and plan production operations from pore to transmission systems.

We are delighted to be able to continue our longstanding relationship with Woodside following the award of this new contract,” said Prabu Parthasarathy, Vice President, Intelligent Operations, Wood.

As one of Africa’s leading natural gas markets, boasting over 450 billion cubic meters of reserves, Senegal is aiming to establish itself as a regional gas producer and exporter.”

This contract win follows on from Wood’s ongoing work with Woodside executing the flow assurance design analysis for the Sangomar FPSO Development.

It draws on its experience in complex operations of the field which include hydrate and wax management, hot oil and dead oil circulation, and gas lift optimization.

The oil-rich offshore has experienced some work in the pipeline before. In 2020, Modec, through its subsidiary Modec Senegal (MOSEN), secured a contract to deliver operations and maintenance of the Sangomar FPSO vessel.

The FPSO is planned to be moored permanently at a water depth of approximately 780m by an external turret mooring system, which will be supplied by SOFEC, a Modec company.

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