Africa in Perspective: Deepwater West Africa development accelerates

This is the concluding article of a three part series of OGJ Tech nology Insights on deepwater technology challenges. The first (OGJ, May 1, 2000, p. 87.) covered the Gulf of Mexico and the second (OGJ, Sept. 11, 2000, p. 90) dealt with deepwater technology off Brazil.Floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels tied to subsea wellheads or dry-tree platforms, such as spars and tension leg platforms, are slated to handle most of the fluids produced from the numerous deepwater discoveries off West Africa. The expected investment in West Africa deepwater is large and increasing. Douglas-Westwood Ltd. has estimated investment in deepwater West Africa will increase to $5.5 bill...

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