January 6, 2006
First FPSO for Gulf of Mexico
The ultra large crude carrier BW Enterprise has arrived at Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard for conversion to the first FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading unit) to be deployedd in the Gulf of Mexico.
The yard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has secured a S$88 million (about US$ 54 million) contract for the conversion from Bergesen Worldwide Offshore
Bergesen Worldwide Offshore, a company within the Bergesen Worldwide Group, will own and operate the FPSO under a 15-year term agreement with Pemex, the Mexican state-owned oil and gas company. The FPSO will serve as a hub in the area and act as an export terminal.
The contract scope calls for the 360,000 dwt tanker, built in 1981 by Mitsui Zosen, to be converted into an FPSO with 600,000 bpd handling inclusive of 200,000 bpd processing capacity with gas export capability.
The shipyard will carry out detailed engineering, procurement of bulk materials, vessel's repair and conversion, installation of topside modules and the internal turret as well as precommissioning work. \
Major conversion and upgrading work include the coating of all tanks slop and ballast tanks, installation of various systems and equipment such as a new and modified cargo system, submerged pumps in tanks and a new ringmain fire water system.
The accommodations will also be upgraded and refurbished to house a complement of 110 persons.
The shipyard will install all the pre-assembled topside modules including the process plant with capacity of 200,000 bpd oil, gas compression module with capacity of 120 MMSCFD and a flare system.
Upon completion, the FPSO will have the third largest oil production capacity of the existing FPSO units in the world as well as having the largest throughput of oil of any FPSO unit.
The vessel is scheduled for delivery from the shipyard in the fourth quarter of 2006. On completion, the FPSO will be stationed at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in Mexico's Bay of Campeche, located 105 kilometers northwest of Ciudad del Carmen.
Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, CEO of Bergesen Worldwide Offshore, said Sembawang Shipyard was selected by Bergesen Worldwide Offshore as its partner shipyard during the tender process. He noted that, besides being a large and complex conversion, the coversion is a fast track project.
"The way ahead will be challenging and both partners are committed to make this project yet another FPSO delivered on time from Bergesen," he said.
Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard said that with on-time delivery a priority, "this fast track project will require our project team to demonstrate strong commitment to meet deadlines, innovative engineering solutions to ensure that the latest technologies are deployed and most importantly, having the right mindset to work with owners in achieving the project's main goal, that is, producing a facility with the largest throughput of oil."