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Market Characteristics

Most of the subsea projects in Africa are concentrated on the west coast of the continent. The majority of prospects are in Nigeria and Angola, but other nations such as Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania and South Africa also have activity. North Africa is predominantly a gas market characterized by large-volume, low-well-count projects, and the West Coast is mainly the oil market, with large reservoirs and many subsea wells, including water-injection wells in water depths in excess of 3,280 ft (1,000 m).

Technical solutions tend to be clustered satellite solutions tied back to FPSOs. There is increasing interest in subsea boosting and subsea processing due to low flowing pressure coupled with deepwater and flow assurance problems.North Africa (Egypt and Libya) is predominantly a gas market characterized by large volume low well count projects that are tied back either directly to shore or through an intermediate host platform. 

The most active operators in the Africa Region are Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, BG, Shell, Amerada Hess and ENI. Other active operators include Tullow, Murphy Oil, Petronas, StatoilHydro, Petrobras, Cobalt and PetroSA. FMC continues to work with all these operators in the Africa Region. FMC and Total recently joined together on the Pazflor project, which will be a milestone project for the region as the first-ever subsea separation system in deepwater West Africa.