Xodus Group has been awarded two Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) contracts for projects in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) blocks in Senegal, West Africa.
Xodus will study the drilling activities in the Sangomar and Rufisque blocks for Capricorn, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy, operator of the RSSD blocks. Xodus will also perform an ESIA for the Phase 1 Development, comprising a FPSO, over the SNE deepwater oilfield located in the Sangomar Deep Offshore block for Woodside, the development lead for the SNE Phase 1 development.
Wim van der Zande, CEO of Xodus Group, said: “These awards build on our experience and strong working relationship with Cairn Energy, on several phases of field architecture development planning. This is a major project for the country and we are proud to be part of this as it moves towards a new stage of development.”
As well as the ESIAs, the scope also includes safety studies that Xodus’ Technical Safety and Risk (TSR) division will work with the environmental team to deliver.
The transfer of operatorship to Woodside for the development phase is planned to take place next year with Cairn continuing exploration activities on the acreage.
The joint venture plan to submit an evaluation report and exploitation plan to the Government of Senegal in 2018. The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) is also planned to commence next year with a FID targeted before the end of 2018.
Capricorn has a 40 per cent working interest in the joint venture, alongside partners Woodside (35 per cent), FAR Ltd. (15 per cent), and Petrosen (Senegalese National Oil Company) (10 per cent). The SNE well was one of the world’s largest oilfield discoveries in 2014.