The Rolls-Royce equipment will be installed on the of a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility in the Woodside-owned Enfield oil field, driving a two-casing Dresser-Rand compressor to provide well re-injection services for enhanced oil recovery.
Operating in water depths of 2000 feet, the field will process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
Woodside already operates an RB211 compression package on the Goodwyn A platform (GWA) 125 km offshore northwest Australia, and some of the longest reach wells in the world have been drilled from GWA.
“We are pleased to be selected by this important customer once again, and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to strengthen our presence in this region,” said Tom Curley, president of Rolls-Royce energy business.
Woodside announced its support for the development t in March after the company board authorised the $1.48 billion needed for the project.
Woodside is planning for five production wells and six water injection wells - for reservoir pressure support - that will be connected via flowlines to a FPSO moored over the field. The yet to be constructed vessel will have a storage capacity of 900,000 barrels and can discharge oil to awaiting tankers with a capacity of around 550,000 barrels.
Shipment of the drive unit, which will be packaged at the Rolls-Royce Mount Vernon, Ohio facility, is scheduled for March 2005. The Enfield FPSO facility is scheduled to begin commercial service in late 2006.
Enfield is located in Block WA-271-P, 40 km off the coast of Exmouth. It has estimated reserves of around 125 million barrels of oil. Woodside is the sole owner and operator of the block.