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Eni-contracted FPSO arrives at Angola yard

01st July 2014

Following a voyage of 13,577 kilometres, N’Goma FPSO safely berthed at Paenal’s 490-metre quayside at Port Amboim, Angola, on 17 June

Eni contracted FPSO arrives at Angola yard
Once the FPSO is completed, operations will begin on the Eni operated Block 15/06 West Hub offshore Angola by OPS – a joint venture company between Sonangol and SBM Offshore

The arrival of the vessel in Angola from Singapore marks the young yard’s second mega FPSO in just eight months.

“Welcoming N’Goma helps to cement Paenal’s key position in the oil industry,” said Cesar Guerra, the yard’s general manager. “Two of the FPSO’s modules were fabricated here, the sulphate removal package and the hot oil pump, both of which have been successfully lifted and integrated onboard the vessel. Paenal is building a reputation as a world-class fabrication and integration yard”

“It demonstrates SBM’s extensive worldwide expertise in relocations and our EPCI capacity across the lifecycle,” said Ivan Replumaz, managing director SBM Offshore Malaysia. “Together with our partners we look forward to the completion of this large FPSO for our client Eni.”

Once the FPSO is completed, operations will begin on the Eni operated Block 15/06 West Hub offshore Angola by OPS – a joint venture company between Sonangol and SBM Offshore – which celebrated its 10th year anniversary of operations this month.

“The OPS team is keen to welcome the N’Goma FPSO into the Angolan fleet and to start a fruitful relationship with Eni Angola under the 12-year lease and operate contract,” said Fabrice Dumortier, OPS general manager.

Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais Ltda – known as Paenal yard – represents an important part in the sustainable growth for Angola. The yard – a joint venture partnership between national oil company Sonangol, SBM Offshore and DSME with holdings of 40 per cent, 30 per cent and 30 per cent respectively – provides an ideal base for the oil industry’s exploration and production offshore West Africa.

“The shipyard is the biggest employer in the region with over 1,200 employees of which over 85 per cent are Angolan,” said Jean-Philippe Rodrigues, SBM Offshore business development senior vice-president. “This is an important consideration for our clients. SBM’s first FPSO to berth at Paenal is an important milestone for both the yard and the country.”

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