Eni to replicate West Hub FPSO for East Hub FPSO
The Italian major company Eni and its partners SSI Fifteen Ltd (SSI Fifteen), Sonangol, Total, Falcon Oil Holding Angola SA (Falcon) and Statoil made two significant discoveries in the deep water of the Block 15/06 offshore Angola that should boost the deployment of the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels on the West Hub and East Hub projects.
In March 2013, Eni had announced the ninth discovery through the Vandumbu-1 well by 980 meters water depth and 4,107 meters of total depth.
Side track well had confirmed a production capacity of the Vandumbu-1 well to 5,000 barrels per day (b/d).
Located approximately 150 kilometers from the coast, in the Block 15/06, the reserves discovered in the Vandumbu-1 well will sustain the plateau production of the West Hub FPSO.
In the Block 15/06, Eni and its partners share the working interests as following:
– Eni 35% is the operator
– SSI Fifteen Ltd 25%
– Sonangol 15%
– Total 15%
– Falcon 5%
– Statoil 5%
Comprising the Cinguvu, Ngoma and Sangos fields, the Block 15/06 revealed enough crude oil reserves to justify Eni and its partners to develop it in phases and to make the final investment decision (FID) in 2012 for the West Hub based on a converted FPSO.
SBM Offshore completes West Hub FPSO conversion
The development of the West Hub project required Eni and its partners SSI Fifteen Ltd, Sonangol, Total, Falcon and Statoil a 100,000 barrels per day (b/d) FPSO with all the associated subsea umbilicals risers and flowlines (SURF).
In parallel the East Hub projects met some delays due to multiple factors.
First, the Cabaca North fields and its satellites discoveries in Cabaca Southeast presented two types of reservoirs structures.
At least, in the meantime Eni and its partners made new discoveries such as Mpungi, Olombendo which could be developed and add reserves to the East Hub project already estimated to 230 million barrels.
In this perspective, Eni and its partners SSI Fifteen Ltd, Sonangol, Total, Falcon and Statoil are currently looking for a second vessel to be converted into 100,000 b/d treatment capacity FPSO for the East Hub project that should come on stream in 2016.