Angolan state oil company Sonangol’s floating production, storage and offloading platform (FPSO) has been officially named “Ngoma” at the Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais, Lda. (Paenal) shipyard, in Angola’s Kwanza Sul province, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
At the Paenal shipyard the platform, which is operated by Italian group ENI, received two new modules, one of which with a capacity of 400 tons to separate water and natural gas from crude oil and the other, with a capacity of 200 tons, to process crude oil.
The modules, which took 30 days to install, were built at the Paenal shipyard, as part of a 12-month project.
The managing director of ENI, Carlo Vito Russo, said that the “Ngoma” project cost US$4.6 billion, which includes construction of the platform, undersea facilities, drilling and other processes.
According to Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola, following the naming of the FPSO, which can store 125,000 barrels of oil per day, ENI is making a full return to the Angolan oil industry six years after oil was discovered in the Soyo region, where 21 wells have been drilled.
The “Ngoma” FPSO is due to start producing oil at the end of the year at Block 15/06, which includes the Sango, Cinguvo and Mpungi oil fields (located to the west of the Lower Congo basin). (macauhub/AO)