Saipem’s Scarabeo 5 drilling rig to be converted into new floating unit for Congo LNG

This article first appeared on the Hawilti+ terminal on 10 August 2023.

Saipem has been awarded a contract by Eni Congo to convert its Scarabeo 5 semisubmersible drilling unit into a separation and boosting plant.

The converted rig will serve a floating production unit (FPU) for Congo LNG, Eni’s LNG export project currently under-development offshore Pointe Noire. Saipem is already a contractor on the project, for which it is executing preliminary engineering and procurement activities.

The FPU will be receiving the production fluids from wellheads riser platforms, separate the gas from liquids and boosts the gas to feed the nearby 2.4 mtpa floating LNG unit (FLNG) currently being built by Wison Heavy Industry in China.

While start-up is expected in Q4 2025, Eni Congo is expected to start delivering LNG as early as the end of the year from an initial development that relies on a small 0.6 mtpa FLNG unit.

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