Mauritania..PETRONAS starts offshore decommissioning works in Chinguetti and Banda fields - Energy

Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas has hired Norway’s Haveram for offshore decommissioning work in Mauritania.

Petronas Caligari Mauritania 1 – a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas – awarded the contract to Haveram last March, according to a press release issued by the Norwegian Offshore Services Company.

Haveram will provide engineering, procurement, take-back and disposal services for the decommissioning and decommissioning of offshore facilities in the Chinguetti and Banda fields, off the coast of Mauritania.

Haveram in Africa

Under the contract, Haveram will use its in-house expertise to manage, engineer, recover and dispose of the remaining infrastructure, having carried out phase one shutdowns in 2018.

Haveram CEO Odd Stromsnes confirmed that this contract is another award for an important project for the company in Africa.

“It is one of 4 projects awarded to Haveram in Africa and the Mediterranean over the past 12 months, reinforcing our strong track record in the region,” he said.

“We are proud to have been chosen by Petronas for our decommissioning needs,” he added.

An ideal partner for Petronas

Haveram Executive Vice President Kevin Murphy said: “Our focus on risk mitigation and effective implementation solutions has made Petronas select us once again as an ideal decommissioning partner.

He stressed that “Havram has consistently delivered a range of subsea projects across the continent to our clients, and we look forward to renewing our working partnership with Petronas’ Chinguetti and Panda team.”

The project management and engineering team will be based in Haveram’s office in Houston, USA, and work on the project has begun.

Chinguetti oil field

Chinguetti is the first oil field in Mauritania, discovered by the Australian company Woodside in 2001, with reserves initially estimated at 120 million barrels, then reduced to 34 million barrels in 2007.

The first production from the field began in February 2006 at about 75,000 barrels per day, but it declined to 6.75 thousand barrels per day in 2013.

Mauritania was forced to suspend oil exploration as production continued to decline in 2018.

Chinguetti field in Mauritania

Panda gas field

In another context, the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Minerals and Energy signed, in December 2021, a memorandum of understanding with the American company New Fortress Energy, to develop the Panda gas field to produce electricity.

The project to develop the Banda field aims, by 2024, to supply the dual power plant with a capacity of 180 MW with gas, and to establish a new plant for the production of electricity with a combined cycle capacity of 120 MW.

The Banda gas field is located on the Mauritanian coast, about 60 kilometers from Nouakchott, and its potential is estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic feet.

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