The conversion involved installation of an external turret mooring system and process facilities including gas turbine generators, oil separation, gas injection/gas lift, and water injection systems.
The first deepwater development in block 31 offshore Angola began production on Dec. 6, 2012. The $14-billion PSVM development consists of four oil fields – Plutão, Saturno, Vênus and Marte – in water depths between 1,500 and 2,500 m (4,921 and 8,202 ft).
The project’s first phase comprises three wells in the Plutão field, where BP expects to ramp up production to 70,000 b/d. Additional wells will boost PSVM’s output to 150,000 b/d as wells go onstream in the Saturno and Vênus fields this year and in the Marte field in 2014.
The company also was awarded a $404-million contract for the engineering, procurement, and manufacture of more than 64 km (40 mi) of rigid flowlines. Project management and engineering was carried out at the operating centers in Paris and Luanda, Angola.