Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has been awarded a contract by Altera Infrastructure to install FPSO and FSO units for the Phase 2 development of the Eni-operated Baleine field offshore Ivory Coast.
The project includes the complete installation of seabed mooring systems, flowline between the FSO and the FPSO along with associated equipment.
DOF`s contract scope includes project management, engineering, transportation, installation, and hook-up of floating units in the field. DOF shall mobilize the Skandi Skansen anchor handler to the project, totalling more than 130 vessel days.
Project management and engineering will begin immediately from DOF`s offices in Bergen and Aberdeen. Offshore operations are planned to take part in the third quarter of 2024.
Altera Infrastructure previously landed contracts with Eni for its cylindrical-shaped FPSO Voyageur Spirit and the shuttle tanker Nordic Brasilia. The vessels will be deployed on the Baleine field under a 15-year firm contract. The 2004-built shuttle tanker will be converted into an FSO to provide additional storage capacity for the FPSO. Altera owns and operates both vessels.
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Other contracted companies for work on the Baleine project were Baker Hughes for the provision of eight deepwater trees, three Aptara manifolds, the relevant subsea production control system, and flexible risers and jumpers while Saipem won a drilling contract worth $400m for the 7th generation drillship Deep Value Driller.
The Baleine prospect represents the largest commercial discovery in the country in the last 20 years and it is expected to contribute to energy production in Ivory Coast and strengthen the country’s role as a regional energy hub.
The development is also Africa’s first net zero emissions project, covering scopes 1 and 2. The development of the project will be on a fast-track schedule, with a planned start-up date for Phase 2 in the fourth quarter of 2024.