Two fully integrated E-Houses (technical buildings) have been commissioned to support the offshore Kaombo Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) project in Luanda, Angola.

Schneider Electric has been commissioned by French contractor SAPIEM to design, fabricate and pre-commission each E-House, which at 30 meters long and 20 meters high will weigh an estimated 1 300 tonnes.

The Kaombo project is operated by Total E&P Angola and includes two FPSO ships, each with the production capacity of 115 000 barrels per day and the capability to generate 50MW of electricity through gas turbines.

The offshore project has 59 subsea oil wells with estimated oil reserves of 650 million barrels across an area of 800 km2.

Any subsequent extracted gas will be exported onshore to the Angola liquefied natural gas plant.

Construction process of the E-Houses

  • The design engineering and project management will be performed from Schneider Electric’s Asia-Pacific E-House Engineering Center in Brisbane, Australia
  • The construction, equipment integration and testing will be carried out onto an offsite yard in Batam, Indonesia
  • Final integration of the FPSO will take place in Singapore
  • The final move to Angola’s coast is expected in early 2016 for a first oil expected in 2017.

What is an E-House?

An E-House combines major power  and control equipment into prefabricated mobile electrical buildings (PEBs) that are easy to install and maintain. They provide lighting, security and motor control for Oil & Gas operations.

(Pic Credits: multiconsult-asia)

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.

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