Senegal appoints Doris Engineering of France to advise on FLNG and its deepwater projects

Tuesday, 29 January 2019
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Doris Engineering, the French energy contracts company with global operations, said it was awarded an advisory contract by the Senegalese Ministry of Petroleum for developments offshore the West African nation, including a BP-run floating LNG project and an exploration and production venture operated by Australian LNG producer Woodside. 

This two-year contract consists of reviewing plans focusing on the optimization and the robustness of proposals to develop the Grand Tortue-Ahmeyim fields for the BP FLNG project and its partner Kosmos Energy of the US, as well as the venture relating to Woodside’s Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep (RSSD) blocks within the Senegalese portion of the Mauritania-Senegal Basin.

Recognition

“This award is the recognition by the Senegalese Government of Doris’s expertise in LNG and oil and gas deepwater projects,” said Nicolas Parsloe, Chief Executive of the Doris Group.

“It is also the result of good communication and understanding of their requirements. The contract is in line with the consultancy missions that we have performed alongside National Oil Companies in West Africa during the last 20 years,” added Parsloe.

“Our strategy is to work hand-in-hand with NOCs and the regulatory authorities. We are proud to support Senegal in the development of its oil and gas sector,” stated the Doris CEO.

Doris said it would also be taking the opportunity to train Senegalese engineers on the methodology and operating standards required for deepwater energy projects.

BP and Kosmos recently decided to go ahead with their multi-billion dollars of investments in developing FLNG offshore Senegal and its neighbour Mauritania.

Their final investment decision covers the funds necessary to bring on stream the cross-border Greater Tortue and Ahmeyim gas fields to produce LNG.

The project will produce gas from a deepwater subsea system and transfer it to an FLNG hull at a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania-Senegal maritime border.

The FLNG facility for Phase 1 is designed to produce around 2.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG from recoverable gas in the fields, estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet.

First natural gas from the FLNG project is expected in the first half of 2022.

Woodside’s RSSD joint venture has started front-end engineering activities following the award of the subsea contract for the SNE Field Development-Phase 1 to a consortium of leading offshore companies, OneSubsea, Schlumberger and Subsea 7.

Woodside, which acquired the Senegal blocks from ConocoPhillips in 2016, is a leading Asia-Pacific LNG player and operates the North West Shelf LNG export plant in Western Australia, along with the nearby Pluto LNG facility.

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