A CONSORTIUM comprising BW Offshore units Advanced Production & Loading (APL) and SBM Offshore have secured a contract with Total for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction and installation (EPSCI) of the oil loading system on the Pazflor project offshore Angola in deepwater block 17. The contract is worth about $100million and the project is due for delivery early-2011.
Pazflor is a cluster development comprising the Perpetua, Acacia, Zinia, and Hortensia discoveries.
They will be exploited via a suite of 49 wells (25 will be subsea producers) tied back to production ship will be spread-moored in a water depth of about 1,200m of water 150km offshore.
“We are very pleased with the confidence Total E&P Angola once again has put in BW Offshore, having delivered our first BTL (loading system) to Total E&P Angola in 2006. The complexity of the Pazflor system confirms our leading position as a technology provider to the oil&gas industry,” said BW Offshore CEO Svein Moxnes Harfjeld in a statement.
Different from the other APL systems, the BTL system is based on mooring to a buoy floating on the surface. The first system was developed and installed on the Dalia field in 2006.
The fabrication of the buoy and suction piles for mooring will be carried out at the Sonamet yard in Angola.
Sonangol is the Block 17 concessionaire. Total E&P Angola is the operator with 40% interest, in partnership with Esso Exploration Angola (20%), BP Exploration Angola (16.67%), Statoil Angola Block 17 (13.33%) and Norsk Hydro Dezassete (10%).