Xodus Group secures two ESIA contracts offshore Senegal

UK-based Xodus Group has received two environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) contracts for projects at Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) blocks in Senegal. 

Under the contracts, Xodus’s environmental team will carry out studies for drilling activities in the Sangomar and Rufisque blocks for Cairn Energy’s fully owned subsidiary Capricorn Senegal. 

The team will also perform an ESIA for the Phase 1 Development involving the installation of an FPSO over the SNE deepwater oilfield located at the Sangomar Deep Offshore block for Woodside Energy.

Xodus's technical safety and risk (TSR) division will conduct safety studies at the projects in collaboration with its environmental team. 

Xodus Group CEO Wim van der Zande said: “These awards build on our experience and strong working relationship with Cairn Energy, on several phases of field architecture development planning.

"This is a major project for the country."

“This is a major project for the country and we are proud to be part of this as it moves towards a new stage of development.”

The company will work with Earth Systems, its in-country partner, to comply with the applicable environmental law in Senegal while working on these projects.

Capricorn holds 40% working interest along with the operatorship on the three offshore blocks. 

The remaining stakeholders of the joint venture are Woodside, FAR and Senegalese National Oil Company with 35%, 15% and 10% working interests respectively.

Cairn is expected to transfer operatorship for the development phase to Woodside next year and continue its exploration activities on the acreage. 

The JV plans to submit an evaluation report and exploitation plan to the Senegal Government next year, when front-end engineering and design (FEED) is also expected to start.