November 9, 2007
Prosafewins FDPSO contract
Prosafe has been awarded a contract by Murphy West Africa Ltd a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR), for the conversion and operation of a Floating Drilling, Production, Storage and Offloading unit (FDPSO) on the deepwater Azurite development in the Mer Profonde Sud Block offshore the Republic of the Congo.
Prosafe says this is the first time an FPSO will be developed incorporating a mobile drilling rig. It calls the FDPSO technology "a cost-efficient solution for drilling and producing deepwater fields."
Prosafe will be responsible for the conversion of the FDPSO, including the moonpool arrangement, but not for provision, integration and operation of the drilling rig.
Prosafe will utilize the VLCC MT Europe and after conversion the vessel will have a storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of oil and a process capacity of 60,000 bfpd/ 40,000 bopd.
The vessel will be spread-moored at a water depth of 1,400 meters.
The contract is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2009 and has a firm period of seven years followed by four 2-year options. The estimated contract value of the firm period is $ 400 million.