N’Goma FPSO sails off to Eni field

N'Goma FPSO: On way to its new home off Angola

The N'Goma floating production, storage and offloading unit has left the shipyard en route to its new home off Angola following a naming ceremony earlier this month.

The FPSO has left behind the Paenal shipyard and is headed to the Eni-operated Block 15/06 where hookup will be completed with the SBM Installer.

The vessel, which had its naming ceremony on 18 July, is owned by Sonasing, a joint venture between SBM Offshore, Sonangol and Angolan Offshore Services.

N’Goma unit arrived at the Paenal shipyard in Port Amboim on 17 June after the majority of the upgrading job was done at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

Paenal built two modules for the FPSO – the sulphate removal package and hot oil pump – both of which have now been integrated. The other nine modules were fabricated and integrated at Keppel.

The Singaporean outfit performed upgrading work on the hull and turret, as well as integration of new and refurbished topsides.

The unit will, following final verifications, set sail for the Eni-operated Block 15/6 West Hub development off Angola, where first oil is expected this year.

The former FPSO Xikomba will have total oil-producing capacity of 100,000 barrels per day, gas-handling capacity of 115 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 120,000 barrels per day.

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