Takoradi Port – Belmet 7, an oil and gas logistics and manufacturing company based at Takoradi port, has begun work on FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, situated on the Jubilee Fields, to produce vital parts for repair work.
Under the Jubilee Oil Offloading System (OOSys) project, which involves the design, manufacture, installation, and integration of an OOSys, the repair works will see Belmet 7 make seven suction piles, topside FPSO frame, pigging skids, and a hang-off platform.
The project is expected to be completed in May this year.
The General Manager of Belmet 7, Loic Chateau, told journalists here last Thursday that “the pigging skid component of the project, which regulates the flow and cleaning of the pipelines, is the first-ever topside FPSO module that has been wholly manufactured in-country, specifically in the Port of Takoradi.”
He said the successful manufacture of the Oil Offloading System components in-country opens the door for more FPSO modules to be produced locally in Ghana.
“The confidence in oil and gas operators in Ghana would be built and we believe that there is the possibility of having such modules including accommodation module, refinery/processing module, crude oil offloading module done here.”
Belmet 7 and partners have since produced suction piles with the start of the Jubilee operations in 2010, but this time they have introduced more items including hang-offs and pigging skids.
Suction piles or suction anchors are used as underwater platforms for various offshore installations, including FPSOs, while the hang-off cable system is designed to connect medium- and high-voltage power cables to the top of a platform, including an oil rig.
The hang-off platform for transport to the offshore project site would be loaded onto the barge at the Belmet 7 quayside in the Takoradi Port on Thursday, January 9.
Also, the sea-fastening or securing of the loaded 7 suction piles was being done while preparing the cam buoy for an onward movement to the offshore project site had also begun in a week’s time.
Meanwhile, loading of 7 suction piles fabricated, started on Friday, January 3, 2020, and completed on Tuesday, January 7.
The entire loadout operation will be completed by mid-February 2020 and the entire project will be completed by May 20, 2020.
As part of efforts to rectify the turret bearing failure that impaired FPSO Kwame Nkrumah’s oil offloading capability and also restore its full capacity, Tullow Oil commissioned a 23-month project for that reason in 2018 and awarded the contract to Subsea 7.
Later, in December 2018, Subsea 7, also subcontracted the fabrication of some of the project’s key components to Belmet 7.
Commenting on the significance of the project, the Subsea 7 representative on-site, Theophilus Ofori said: “This is a significant milestone and it is good news to the local oil and gas industry and the economy. The successful completion of the fabrication project components by Belmet 7 in Ghana is a boost specifically in the Port of Takoradi.”
He added that this was another improvement in the Petroleum Commission’s local content participation criteria, with the related revenue flow to local content providers.
Mr. PeterAmoo-Bediako, Marketing, and Public Affairs Director at the Takoradi Port, also told journalists that since 2017 the project has shown the support the port has provided to the oil and gas industry.
“We are on track in achieving our vision of becoming a dominant player in the oil and gas industry. Today, Belmet 7, apart from the suction piles had designed, fabricated and completed topsides for the FPSO,” he added.