SNE Field in Senegal Gets a New Name

sangomar field

Sangomar field is the new name of what was known as the SNE Field. This followed a decision by the Government of Senegal to rename the country’s first offshore oil development.

Woodside is the operator of the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture, which includes the SNE field, with a 35% interest. Woodside’s partners are Cairn Energy, FAR, and Petrosen with 40%, 15%, and 10% interest, respectively.

President Macky Sall of Senegal renamed the SNE field to the Sangomar field to better reflect the field’s association with the people of Senegal.

Sangomar Field Location

The Sangomar field is located in the Sangomar Deep Offshore block, 100 kilometres south of Dakar and will be Senegal’s first offshore oil development. Sangomar is the geographical name for an island located at the southern point of the Petite Cote (or little coast), that runs south from Dakar.

Sangomar is an important cultural area inhabited by the Serere people of Senegal. It is part of the Saloum Delta National Park, an environmentally important area of mangrove-lined creeks, sandy islands and woodlands.

According to FAR, SNE, the world’s largest conventional oil discovery in 2014, is today recognized as a global tier one oil field with 2C oil resources in excess of 640 mmbbls.

The field will be developed using an FPSO unit, which will be designed to produce around 100,000

Sangomar Final Investment Decision

The Government of Senegal has approved a Woodside Energy-led joint venture’s (JV) proposed $4.2bn Sangomar offshore oil field.

The development concept for the first phase of the Sangomar field is a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility. It has 23 subsea wells and other associated subsea infrastructure.

Authorisation by the government creates a path for investment decisions for the project to proceed further with the development.

Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said: “We look forward to progressing the project towards first oil in early 2023 and expect that our experience in offshore FPSO developments will support its delivery on cost and schedule.


In conclusion, the RSSD JV has awarded major contracts of the project development to MODEC, Subsea Integration Alliance and Diamond Offshore.

MODEC will provide an FPSO with an oil processing capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Subsea Integration Alliance will construct and install integrated subsea production systems and subsea umbilicals at the project site.

Diamond Offshore has been contracted for the drill rigs Ocean BlackRhino and Ocean BlackHawk.

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