Offshore/subsea systems

TechnipFMC Tapped for Girassol Life Extension Work

The contractor will supply flowline and connectors as part of a project on the Angolan field.

The Girassol field originally came on stream in 2001.
SOURCE: Totalenergies

TechnipFMC has been awarded a significant contract to supply flexible pipe and associated hardware for the first subsea life extension project by TotalEnergies EP Angola and its Block 17 Partners in West Africa. The contractor defines “significant” as a contract valued between $75 million and $250 million.

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, and supply of flowlines and connectors for the Girassol Life Extension project offshore Angola. The flexible pipes will extend the life of the Girassol field by bypassing the rigid pipe bundles installed before production began in 2001.

The Girassol project is located within Block 17, about 210 km north-northwest of Luanda, Angola. The field lies in 1350 m of water and was developed using a subsea facility tied back to an FPSO.

Total is the operator of Block 17 and holds a 38% interest. Partners in the block include Equinor (22.16%), ExxonMobil (19%), BP Exploration Angola (15.84%), and Sonangol P&P (5%).

Sonangol received its 5% interest in Block 17 under a 2019 deal with the partners to extend the consortium’s production license out to 2045. Under the same agreement, the state-run operator will earn an additional 5% interest in 2036. The consortium also agreed to pay some production bonuses to the State of Angola along the life of the license and spend $20 million for social programs.

Girassol is one of four main production hubs in Block 17. The others, all FPSOs, include Dalia (on stream 2006), Pazflor (2011), and CLOV (2014). Together, the quartet have produced over 3 billion BOE.