Sendje Berge FPSO arrives in Ceiba FieldProjects and Operations // November 20, 2000
The first four oil wells Triton drilled in the Ceiba Field, located in Block G off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, will soon be hooked up to the FPSO, so that first oil can be achieved by year-end 2000. Ceiba crude will be produced into the FPSO.
Triton expects the Ceiba Field's production rate to rapidly ramp up to aprojected gross rate of 52,000 barrels of oil per day.
"The arrival of the Sendje Berge in the Gulf of Guinea after its 7,600-mile voyage from Singapore is another milestone in our development of theCeiba Field," said James C Musselman, Triton President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer.
"In the Ceiba Field, we have installed all of the subsea equipment for the early production system, and three of the four wells have been completed. After we anchor the FPSO, tying in the wells to the FPSO and commissioning will be done to attain first oil by year-end."
Triton is leasing the Sendje Berge from Bergesen DY Offshore AS under a multi-year contract. ABB Offshore Systems fabricated the initial oil and gas processing facilities of the FPSO, which will provide onboard processing capacity of up to 60,000 barrelsper day.
"A tremendous amount of work went into the conversion of.. the FPSO. We couldn't have reached this landmark without the dedication of Bergesen, Stolt, Cameron, ABB and other contractors who have gone the extra mile in helping us meet this extraordinary timetable for deepwater development," said Musselman. "Equally important is the support of the government of Equatorial Guinea and their commitment to accelerated Ceiba development."
The Sendje Berge, which is being moored in about 300ft of water 18 miles offshore, is a 275,000dwt tanker. The vessel measures approximately 350m in length with a breadth of 52m. The vessel's crude oil storage capacity is 2 million barrels.
The Sedco 700 semi-submersible rig is completing Ceiba-1, the last of thefour wells that initially will produce oil into the FPSO.
Triton has an 85 per cent working interest in and is the operator of Block G andthe adjacent Block F, which together encompass an area of approximately 1.3 million acres.The Ceiba Field is located in Block G of the Rio Muni Basin, about 22 miles offshore and 150 miles south of the country's capital, Malabo, and off the shore of the city of Bata. Triton's partner in the blocks is Energy Africa Ltd of South Africa, which has the remaining 15 per cent workinginterest.