Dietsmann’s* Angolan Sonangol-Dietsmann joint venture subsidiary SONADIETS has been awarded with the Maintenance Engineering and long-term General Maintenance Contract by Total E&P Angola for their new state-of-the-art ‘Pazflor’ floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) production facilities. Located deep offshore in the Gulf of Guinea, Pazflor is operated by Total on behalf of its partner, Block 17 titleholder Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company.
Commenting on the award of the new contract, Managing Director Gilles Reynaert said that Dietsmann is very proud to be associated with one of Total’s most technology advanced assets. Pazflor is the first development in the world that involves the installation of entire seabed artificial lifting production systems, incorporating gas/liquid separation and pumping modules on several fields.”
The contract, which commences in June 2010, entrusts Dietsmann with Maintenance and Inspection Engineering review and Nationalization in addition to the General Maintenance Contract itself. The initial contract, valued around $100 million, will run for five years.
The Pazflor FPSO is currently under construction in South Korea and will be the first of its kind to process two very different grades of oil. It is one of the largest FPSO’s ever built and will be able to process 220,000 barrels of oil per day and store 1.9 million barrels. The onboard equipment includes gas turbines rated at a record 120 MW – enough to supply a city with some 100,000 inhabitants. The offshore installation is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2011, with first oil expected in the last quarter of 2011. The installation of a second FPSO is anticipated in 2013.
Total is one of Dietsmann’s important long-term clients in West Africa. Dietsmann maintains many on and offshore production assets operated by Total in Nigeria, Gabon, Congo and Angola. Dietsmann’s outstanding reputation of industrial safety and quality has definitely contributed to this important award.