April 28, 2011: ANGOLA - The FPSO Pazflor (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) first sailed across Angolan waters Friday, April 8th and joined its position on Block 17 Tuesday, April 12th at 9:00 am. Its trip lasted 84 days for a crossing of 11,000 nautical miles, departing from DSME shipyard in Okpo, South Korea and crew changes, respectively, in Port Klang (Malaysia) and La Reunion (France).
First certification flight
After validation of the helideck by the INAVIC offshore Luanda and the site visit on April 11th of the Angolan authorities (Health, Customs, Immigration and Port Authorities), the activities for the three coming weeks will mainly be focused on the mooring operations of the FPSO. During these few weeks of travel, nearly 200 people continued to work on the FPSO to optimize the on board facilities preparation for the mooring activities and commissioning.
In all, more than 180,000 work hours without lost time accident. These good results join up with those of the offshore installation campaign, since the one million working hours has been exceeded recently, also without a lost time accident.
The FPSO is a floating production, storage and offloading vessel. The FPSO Pazflor will be shortly connected to subsea separation units (SSU), in 800 meters of water in Block 17 offshore Angola.
Pazflor is the first-ever project anywhere to deploy a development plan based on gas/liquid separation at the mudline spanning several reservoirs.