FPSO Firenze sails for Baleine field offshore Cote d'Ivoire
Eni, in partnership with PetroCi, celebrated the sail away of the FPSO Firenze to the Baleine field offshore Côte d'Ivoire in Dubai, it said on April 6. The event was attended by Mamadou Sangafowa-Coulibaly, minister of mines, petroleum and energy Cote of d'Ivoire, and other dignitaries.
The FPSO Firenze will allow production start-up of the Baleine field, which is the largest hydrocarbon discovery in Cote d'Ivoire to date, with an estimated oil in place of 2.5bn barrels and 3.3 trillion ft3 of associated gas, Eni said.
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) NGC’s HSSE strategy is reflective and supportive of the organisational vision to become a leader in the global energy business.
The FPSO, that will be renamed Baleine after its arrival in Cote d’Ivoire, has been refurbished and upgraded in order to allow it to treat up to 15,000 b/d of oil and around 25mn ft3/d of associated gas. The entire gas production will be delivered onshore via a newly built export pipeline.
The installation of the subsea production system and well completion campaign are underway and will ensure an accelerated start-up of production by June 2023, Eni said, adding the project is set to start production less than two years from the Baleine 1X discovery well and one and a half years after the FID.
Eni said it is already progressing swiftly on the second phase of the project forecasting a start-up of production by December 2024 after having taken the FID in December 2022.
The Baleine field extends over blocks CI-101 and CI-802. Eni also owns interests in four other blocks in the Ivorian deep water: CI-205, CI-501, CI-401, and CI-801, all with the same partner, PetroCi Holding.