Kosmos: BP’s Tortue FLNG project 70 percent complete

BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG project located offshore Mauritania and Senegal has reached a 70 percent completion mark at the end of the last year, according to project partner Kosmos Energy.

Texas-based Kosmos said in its quarterly results report on Monday that the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project has made “steady progress” in 2021 and was about 70 percent complete at year-end.

The project includes the conversion of Golar LNG’s Gimi to a floating LNG producer at Singapore’s Keppel shipyard and the construction of the FPSO by Technip Energies at COSCO Shipping’s Qidong yard in China.

Kosmos said in the update that Keppel had lifted onboard all four mixed refrigerant compressors and the yard also started pipe rack installation operations.

Golar LNG recently said that the conversion work of Gimi has reached 80 percent completion.

The 2.5 mtpa Gimi FLNG should start serving BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project under a 20-year deal next year.

As per the FPSO, Kosmos said that all eight process modules were lifted onto the deck while mechanical completion of the process sub-systems was underway.

Breakwater and pipeline

Besides the works at the two yards, construction work continues to progress offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

France’s Eiffage Genie Civil said in recent a statement it had completed the construction of 21 mega caissons at its Dakar site in Senegal.

Kosmos also mentioned this milestone in the update.

The caissons will constitute the breakwater that will protect the project’s FLNG and LNG carriers offshore the coast of Saint-Louis.

In addition to the breakwater, a pipe laying vessel completed its nautical trials in preparation for the offshore installation campaign in the second quarter of 2022, Kosmos said.

According to BP, the Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field has about 15 trillion cubic feet of gas.

The project’s FPSO will process this gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components, prior to delivering it to the floating LNG provider which will be located at the hub.

Besides operator BP and Kosmos Energy, the project includes national oil companies Petrosen and SMHPM.

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