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AMEC Selected for Esso Kizomba Satellites Contract Offshore Angola

AMECAMEC has been selected by Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited (EEAL), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, to provide detailed design, procurement and logistics support services for the Kizomba Satellites project on Block 15, offshore Angola. The contract value was not disclosed.

This award continues a long history of collaboration and successful project development by AMEC on the Kizomba fields and progresses the front end engineering design work for Kizomba Satellites already completed by AMEC.

"The award of this significant contract by Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited at this time is further recognition of AMEC's leading position in the development of complex offshore Angola projects and continues our long and successful relations with ExxonMobil," said Simon Naylor, President of AMEC's Natural Resources Americas business.

The project will be executed by Paragon Angola, AMEC's joint venture with Prodiaman in Luanda, with support from AMEC's Houston-based offices.

"The new contract will boost AMEC's recent commitments to sustainable local content for Angolan oil and gas projects," says Terrance Ivers, President of AMEC's Oil & Gas Americas business. "We have an ambitious but achievable target that will support ongoing development of Angolan national employees for future work opportunities in-country. In the past, we have delivered high percentages of local talent on projects of this type. At the same time, we help ensure that our clients meet their local content requirements."

The project will enable the business in Angola to grow, ultimately establishing nearly 50 in-country employees dedicated to this contract. The Houston support team will peak at about 150 personnel.

AMEC's Houston office serves as the hub for AMEC's oil and gas business, with a staff of approximately 700 personnel specialising in onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities and pipelines, midstream projects, and subsea systems.

Prodiaman LDA is a diversified Angolan corporation with over 370 employees formed and run by Angolan nationals with extensive experience in the government representative process representing foreign companies seeking to maximize their business opportunities in Angola.

Kizomba A and B are two of the largest floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in the world. For the initial design, AMEC provided project management, including interface management, detailed engineering design and commissioning procedures, operating manuals and training.

The new Kizomba Satellites project is the second subsea tie-back to the Kizomba A FPSO and the first to Kizomba B FPSO. Production from the Clochas and Mavacola Fields will be tied into Kizomba A and B via a looped subsea flowline. This configuration enables production to be routed to either Kizomba A or B or both.

Paragon Angola and AMEC's initial scope of work - conceptual design, pre-FEED and FEED - now moves to the detailed design phase, addressing topsides modifications on both FPSOs, including new production flowlines with receiving, metering and pressure / surge control capabilities; expansion of produced water handling systems; chemical injection facilities and additional methanol pumping capacity. The scope of work includes associated procurement, materials management and logistics support.

Published 03/09/09

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