As part of a general services agreement, Fluor was awarded the project for expansion of the Rabi Field Oil and Gas Processing facility in Gabon. Fluor first performed a feasibility study.
The Fluor and Shell integrated management team developed an execution approach with the objective that the expansion be carried out safely with minimum impact on existing production.
Due to the facility's remote location in the environmentally sensitive Gabon rain forest, the project team proposed the expansion of the existing site and developed a construction strategy that allowed for module yard fabrication to perform as much precommissioning and testing offsite, reducing the number of people and amount of time spent at the facility.
The first phase of the project called for a Field Integrity Upgrade while the second phase increased capacity to 275,000 barrels per day (BPD) by debottlenecking and adding new manifolds and pumping facilities.
At completion, the central station included additional crude dehydration facilities, with water injection and utilities in addition to a new power plant. The final stage of the project doubled the number of wells and increased capacity to 345,000 BPD.