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    Amerada Hess upgrades FPSO

    News // November 30, 2001
    Amerada Hess Corporation and Bergesen DY Offshore AS of Oslo, Norway, have announced that they plan to employ a new the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) for the continued development of the Ceiba Field, offshore the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

    The Sendje Ceiba, a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier), has been converted to an FPSO. The vessel, which formerly was called Berge Hus and which has been outfitted with expanded topsides facilities, will replace the present FPSO on site offshore EquatorialGuinea, the Sendje Berge.

    "This project is another milestone in the development of the Ceiba Field," said John B Hess, Amerada Hess Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Upgrading the FPSO to accommodate increased production from the Ceiba Field is important to our company and our partner, Energy Africa, and will contribute to the growing economy of Equatorial Guinea. We are very proud of the creativity and dedication of the entire project team as well as all of the contractors".

    Following completion of the conversion, expected in December, the Sendje Ceiba will sail for Equatorial Guinea, where it is scheduled to take on oil production from the Ceiba Field in early 2002.

    As previously announced, the facilities onboard the expanded FPSO will allow for increased Ceiba Field production in early 2002.

    The Sendje Ceiba has been outfitted with onboard liquids-processing capacity of 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) and water-injection capacity of 135,000 bpd to maintain field pressure and optimise oil recovery.

    Ceiba wells should be hooked up and producing crude into the Sendje Ceiba during the first quarter of 2002. The project's water-injection programme also will be implemented at that time.

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