Malaysian floater specialist Yinson Production and operator Azule Energy are piloting an offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant onboard the Agogo floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, offshore Angola.

The project is a milestone towards the realisation of Yinson Production’s Zero Emissions FPSO concept that will accelerate the decarbonisation of the offshore production industry.

Yinson Productions building CSS solution for Angola-bound FPSO Singapore-based Yinson Production is constructing a pilot offshore carbon capture and storage (CSS) plant on the FPSO Agogo being built for Azule Energy. 

Azule – a 50:50 joint venture between Eni and BP – is Angola’s largest independent oil and gas producer. In late February 2023, Yinson Production and Azule, a BP and Eni joint venture, entered a $5.3bn contract for the provision, operation, and maintenance of the FPSO vessel for the Agogo project in Angola. FPSO Agogo will be Yinson Production’s first offshore production project in Angola and its eighth FPSO project in the West African region.

FPSO players are increasingly including innovative CCS solutions on new floaters, aimed at reducing carbon emissions – in line with their long-term net zero goals. Yinson stated that the offshore CCS plant “is the world’s first post-combustion carbon capture unit installed onboard an FPSO”. “It is designed at a pilot scale and will be used as a demonstration unit in an offshore floating environment to assess technical readiness and gain operational know-how,” the company noted.

The Malaysian player said the low carbon project “marks an important step in implementing future scale-up of the CCS technology” for the company’s zero emissions floater projects. “In addition to the CCS plant, FPSO Agogo will feature other emissions-lowering technologies such as electrification, advanced automation and digitalisation, a combined-cycle power system, a seawater turbine generator, a hydrocarbon cargo tank blanketing scheme and an integrated closed flare system,” it said.

/Upstream, Offshore Engineer, Splash 247, Yinson/