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Senegal - Mauritania: The FPSO has arrived at the GTA field



Senegal - Mauritania: The FPSO has arrived at the GTA field

The FPSO, an essential unit in the initial processing of gas, plays a crucial role in separating the gas from other co-extracted substances, such as water and condensate. This function is proving to be a vital component in the development process of the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) gas field.

Senegal's national oil company Petrosen announced the arrival of the Floating Production, Processing and Storage Unit (FPSO) on the GTA field, located on the border between Senegal and Mauritania, on May 11. The move, which took six days from the Canary Islands (Tenerife), marks a significant milestone for the project.

Initially, the FPSO was built by COSCO in China in January 2023, before being transferred to Sembcorp's Singapore yards for finishing work. The unit also made a scheduled stopover in Mauritius, followed by a technical stopover in Tenerife, where additional work was carried out to enhance production safety.

It is important to note that construction of the FPSO began in 2019, but encountered significant delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting the GTA field's production start-up schedule. This project is of vital importance to Senegal and Mauritania, both nations having high hopes for the initiative.