Nigerian Bound Bonga Hailed a Major Success for AMEC

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20 October 2003

The Bonga Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel yesterday left AMEC’s integration facility at Wallsend, United Kingdom, after 10 months of engineering work and the installation of 22,500 tonnes of topsides oil and gas processing equipment.

AMEC was awarded the £300 million Engineering Procurement Construction contract by Shell in early 2001 and has carried out the project management, engineering design, fabrication and integration of the complex production facilities to produce one of the world’s largest FPSOs. AMEC’s contract also includes hook-up and pre-commissioning of the facility which will take place when it arrives at its operational location in the Bonga oil and gas field 120 kilometres off the coast of Nigeria.

The FPSO, operated by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, measures over 300 metres long, 75 metres wide and 33 metres tall. When operational in 2004 the Bonga FPSO will extract and process up to 225,000 barrels of oil a day and store up to 2 million barrels of oil. It will also have a gas export facility of 150 million standard cubic feet per day.

The project sets a new benchmark in the production of FPSOs for deep water operation, with the facility reaching an unprecedented level of completion on departure from Wallsend. Over 2,500 people were involved in Bonga at the peak of activity at the AMEC facility, with many ancillary jobs also being created in the Tyneside region.

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