Espoir Oil Field

Summary Information

  • Operator: CNR
  • Country: Ivory Coast
  • Location:
  • Production start: 2002
  • Partners: Canadian Natural - 58.67%, PETROCI Holding (20%), Tullow - 21.33%
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves: estimated recoverable reserves of 93 million barrels of oil and 180 billion cubic feet of natural gas
  • Production Volume:


  • Oil produced from the Espoir East and West reservoir is processed, stored and offloaded from the floating production storage and offtake vessel (FPSO) Espoir Ivorien FPSO, which is located between the two wellhead towers. The FPSO is connected to the towers by flow lines.
  • The FPSO has a total capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil per day. The oil will be sold directly from the FPSO and the natural gas will be transported to shore where it is sold for power generation in Abidjan, the major city of Côte d’Ivoire


  • Prosafe: FSPO conversion and operation
  • Keppel: Construction and installation of an internal turret and the installation and integration of the complete topside equipment package for the FSPO
  • Saipem: Wellhead platform and sealines - EPIC
  • Tecon: Detail structural design of the three leg jacket and deck
  • NKT Flexibles: Supply of flexible pipes and ancillary items
  • SapuraKencana Drilling: Drilling, sidetracking, completion and other associated works


  • 1997 - Tullow originally acquired an equity interest in the Espoir Field
  • 2001 - Espoir Ivoirien FPSO conversion completed
  • 2002 - Production started
  • 2004 - The West Espoir development project, sanctioned
  • 2006 - First oil production from the West Espoir development
  • 2007 - CNR International (CNR) has awarded Prosafe a variation order for the upgrade of the FPSO
  • 2014 - SapuraKencana awarded drilling contract



  1. Tecon Platform References
  2. Saipem Fixed Offshore Production Facilities Project References
  3. FoundOcean Africa Subsea References
  4. Keppel Shipyard successfully converts Espoir Ivoirien into an FPSO
  5. CNR International, Espoir
  6. Canadian Natural Resources Limited Commences Oil Production in Côte D'Ivoire
  7. Tullow Oil plc – International Business Update
  8. NKT Flexibles, Espoir East Development
  9. Upgrade of FPSO Espoir Ivoirien for CNR
  10. Sapurakencana Petroleum Bags 5 New Contracts Worth Rm 1 Billion (US$312 Million)

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