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Block 31: PSVM

PSVM consists of four oil fields - Plutão, Saturno, Vénus and Marte – all discovered between 2002 and 2004 in water depths of up to 2,000 metres, in the North East part of Block 31
A sunset view of the illuminated PSVM (Plutão, Saturno, Venus and Marte fields) located NE of Block 31 in Angola. The PSVM produces through a converted hull, floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).
A sunset view of the illuminated PSVM (Plutão, Saturno, Venus and Marte fields) located NE of Block 31 in Angola. The PSVM produces through a converted hull, floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

PSVM is the second BP-operated development in Angolaoil and oil is produced through a converted hull, floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and is the first FPSO in Angola ultra-deep water.  

 

PSVM Development Partners

BP (26.67%)
Sonangol P&P (45%),

Statoil (13.3%),

SSI 31(15%).

Sonangol is the concessionaire.
First Oil: December 2012


PSVM Facts

  • The PSVM consists of a converted FPSO with 19 topside modules and an external bow mounted turret. The approximate weights are 20,000 tonne topsides and 3,000tonne turret 
  •  The FPSO produces an average of 106,000 bpd, with a production design capacity of 157,000 bpd and a storage capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels.
  • 40 production, gas and water injection plus 8 (capitalised) wells with defined locations and functions.
  •  15 manifolds and associated subsea equipment. 
  • 155 km of flowlines and 93 km of control umbilicals.
  • All topside modules were constructed in Singapore and Malaysia. 
  • First oil from PSVM was achieved 6th December 2012.
  • 8 of the 15 manifolds were built in Angola 
  • Deepest well VNWA at approx. 4,000m TVDmetres (True vertical depth) 
  • Longest well: VBPA at approx. 4,900m MD 
  • Discoverer Luanda Drillship is 35% owned by Angolan company 
  • 8 of the 15 manifolds are being built in Angola 
  • A new multi-jointing yard and marine supply base was established at Porto Amboim. The multi-Jointing work involved 175,000 manhours and 5,500 welds.
  • Multi jointing was carried out at Dande. The work involved 320,000 man hours and 5,820 welds on 66 km of fowlines.
  • A number of umbilicals were manufactured at the Angoflex factory in Lobito 
  • Most of module support stools, miscellaneous atmospheric vessels, suction piles, pipe racks are being constructed primarily at Sonamet yard in Lobito, and at Sonils yard in Luanda.
  • Riser buoyancy cans and piles have been built in Lobito.
  • The project has created many direct and indirect jobs. 
  • The project is supporting corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects.