KBR to complete FEED on Lucapa new-build FPSO
On first quarter 2012, the international oil company Chevron through its local subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (Cabinda) and its partners, the national oil company Sonangol, Eni from Italy, Total from France, and Galp from Portugal, had awarded the front end engineering and design (FEED) contract to the Houston-based engineering company KBR for a new-build floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Lucapa project, offshore Angola.
Located in the Block 14, the Lucapa oil and gas field was discovered in 2006 in water depth ranging between 800 meters and 2,000 meters with 3,340 total depth.
In the Block 14, Chevron and its partners share the working interests in such a way:
– Chevron 31% is the operator
– Local Sonangol 20%
– Eni 20%
– Total 20%
– Galp 9%
In 2008, the discovery of satellite fields around the main reservoir confirmed the potential of Lucapa oil and gas field but in the same time its complexity to optimize the assets.
Consequently, Chevron and its partners ordered multiple conceptual studies to their respective preferred engineering services companies, Alliance Engineering, Doris Engineering and Houston Offshore Engineering.
From these conceptual studies, the recommendations to develop Lucapa converged in favor of a combination of subsea production wells and injection wells.
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In November 2012, Chevron and its partners selected WorleyParsons‘ subsea experts IntecSea to carry out the FEED work for the subsea, umbilical, risers and flowlines (SURF) system of the Lucapa project.
The FEED on the SURF package is based on a combination of 20 wellheads.
The FPSO is designed to produce:
– 100,000 b/d of crude oil
– 90 million cubic feet per day
In the meantime, they assess the capabilities and available capacities of the shipyard to execute the construction of this new-build FPSO.
Then Chevron and its partners established a second list of shipyards with the Chinese contractors and other companies such as STX.
With both FEED works on the Lucapa FPSO being returned on the second half of 2013, Chevron and its partners Sonangol, Eni, Total and Galp are planning to make the final investment decision (FID) one year later in the second half of 2014.