Woodside and its joint venture partners have received approval from the Senegalese Government for the Sangomar project, the country’s first major oil development.
Located in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar deep blocks, which cover a combined area of 7490km² within the Senegalese portion of the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin, the field is one of the world’s largest oilfields discovered in the last decade.
The government has backed the Rufisque offshore, Sangomar offshore and Sangomar deep offshore (RSSD) joint venture exploitation plan and granted the exploitation authorisation for the Sangomar development.
Sangomar is a JV between Cairn Energy (40 per cent), Woodside (35 per cent), FAR (15 per cent) and PETROSEN (10 cent), with Woodside the project operator.
According to a Woodside ASX announcement, the Sangomar field phase one development is subject to final execution of the host government agreement with the Senegal Government, as well as the approval and award of key contracts.
The project owners submitted the development and exploitation plan to the Senegalese Government in October 2018 and FEED activities began in December 2018 following the approval by the Senegalese Minister of Petroleum and Energies.
Sangomar has been proposed for development as a stand-alone floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility with 23 subsea wells and supporting subsea infrastructure.
The FPSO, expected to have a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day, will process the oil before it is exported to market via tankers.
Woodside, which has forecast first oil in early 2023, believes the FPSO will allow for the integration of potential future development phases, including gas export to shore and future subsea tiebacks.