Total has awarded Yinson contracts to provide preliminary front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) for two floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units in Angola and Suriname.

In Angola, the FPSO unit will be installed in the Block 20/21 located about 160km from Luanda.

The other FPSO will be installed at Block 58 located 150km from Paramaribo in Suriname.

Yinson plans to partner with Technip Energies to undertake topside design work for the FPSO units.

The firm expects the pre-FEED to provide technical and commercial lease, and operate proposals for Total.

Yinson offshore production CEO Flemming Grønnegaard said that the contracts represent Yinson’s first projects with Total.

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Grønnegaard added: “The pre-FEED is expected to create greater value for the projects by concentrating on the optimising of the design and execution strategy.

“We are currently building an FPSO for the Campos Basin in South America and have been operating in the African region since 1995. We hope that we will be able to further contribute to production of energy in these regions through these projects, and many more to come.”

Yinson will execute the work for the pre-FEED from its Oslo office in Norway.

Total holds a 50% interest in Block 58, and hydrocarbon exploration firm Apache owns the remaining stake.

Last month, Total has commenced production from the Zinia 2 development project in Block 17 located 150km offshore Angola.

According to estimates, the Zinia Phase 2 field holds 65 million barrels of oil reserves.