Paenal shipyard – the first in Africa with the capacity to facilitate mega floating production, storage and offloading vessels – will later today host the naming ceremony for Total’s FPSO CLOV.
The event coincides with the leading oil company’s 60th Anniversary in Angola celebrations. Many important key players of the Angolan Government, the National Oil Company and the Oil and Gas industry are expected to attend this important event and they will no doubt acknowledge the importance of this ideally located yard to the industry.
CLOV FPSO is 305m long, 61m wide, and will be able to reach a production plateau of 160,000 barrels of crude oil per day as well as having the capacity to store up to approximately 1.7 million barrels in volume.
When the vessel pulled up quayside in Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais (Paenal), on November 8th, it not only represented the successful completion of her 18,520km voyage from DSME shipyard in South Korea, it also set a record for Paenal and Africa by being the first FPSO to berth at an African quayside.
In mid November, module M122, weighing 1,836 tons – which was fabricated at the Paenal yard – was lifted on board the FPSO CLOV by the Heavy Lift Crane Jamba (inaugurated in July).
This successful operation made the record books as the first ever topside module integration performed in Africa.
The HLC combined with Paenal’s 490 metres of purpose – built quayside, means the yard is now fully commissioned and can accommodate the installation of topsides into mega FPSOs.
Paenal represents an important part in the next chapter of sustainable growth for Angola. This was the objective of Sonangol and Dutch oil service provider SBM Offshore back in 2008, when they began collaborating to realize their common vision to create a state of the art offshore fabrication and Integration yard in Angola.
This ground-breaking venture will strengthen Angola’s ability to support its offshore oil and gas sector and generate prosperity for its people.
Source: sbm, December 5, 2013