TechnipFMC lands key contract on legacy field in Angola’s ‘golden’ block

TechnipFMC has landed a contract worth up to $250 million for work on TotalEnergies’ Girassol field in Block 17 offshore Angola where production has just been shut-in on its Dalia field for maintenance work to be carried out.

Discovered in the mid-1990s, Girassol opened up Angola’s deep-water Congo basin play, hosting the French supermajor’s first floating production, storage and offloading vessel in the country.

Three more FPSOs were later deployed — Dalia, Pazflor and Clov — in what became known as a ‘golden’ block due to a plethora of major finds.

New York-listed TechnipFMC said it has been awarded what it calls a “significant” contract to supply flexible pipe and associated hardware for the “first subsea life extension project” by TotalEnergies and its partners in West Africa.

The company — whose head of subsea is Jonathan Landes — defines a “significant” contract as having a value between $75 million and $250 million.

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, and supply of flowlines and connectors for the Girassol Life Extension project.

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This additional subsea hardware aims to extend the life of the Girassol field by bypassing the rigid pipe bundles installed before production began in 2001.

Meanwhile, at Dalia, which produces about 120,000 barrels per day of oil, production stopped yesterday in order to carry out one month of scheduled maintenance activities.

According to ANPG, Angola’s upstream regulator, the shut-down will last until 26 March this year.