China Merchant Heavy Industries selects TMC Compressors for SBM Offshore FPSO project

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China Merchant Heavy Industries (CMHI) has awarded a contract to TMC Compressors (TMC) to deliver a marine compressed air system for a new build production vessel being constructed for SBM Offshore.

TMC will supply a large-capacity marine compressed air system, including compressors for control and service air onboard the vessel. The equipment will be manufactured and assembled in Europe before being delivered to CMHI in China.

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Hans Petter Tanum, TMC’s director of sales and business development, explained, “Several of the FPSOs [floating, production, storage and offloading vessels] in SBM Offshore’s current fleet are equipped with a marine compressed air system from TMC. They know our technology well, and we are familiar with both CMHI and SBM Offshore’s expectations and demands as a supplier.”

TMC’s marine compressed air system is specifically designed for offshore and marine use and enables vessel crews to perform equipment maintenance themselves.

Tanum emphasized the importance of reliability for offshore vessels, saying, “SBM typically operates with an FPSO fleet uptime of close to 100 percent. That automatically becomes the benchmark for TMC’s equipment. As FPSOs are generally located far from shore, you need the most reliable equipment. That is why winning FPSO contracts is considered a seal of approval in terms of product quality and reliability.”

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TMC is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and is a global supplier of compressed air systems for marine and offshore applications. 

The contract’s value has not been disclosed.

It should be noted that last Friday, SBM Offshore announced that it had secured contracts for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO) intended for the ExxonMobil-led Whiptail development project in Guyana.


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