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Final modules for Johan Castberg Turret Mooring System set sail for Singapore

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Dutch floater specialist SBM Offshore on Monday announced the sailaway of the last two modules for the Turret Mooring System, destined for Singapore for integration into the hull of Equinor’s Johan Castberg FPSO. This milestone represents the successful completion of the modules fabrication phase.

SBM Offshore is the builder and operator of the Liza Destiny FPSO producing oil offshore Guyana for ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 1 Development. The company is also currently building the second FPSO – the Liza Unity – for Exxon’s second development phase at Stabroek Block.

“We are delighted to have completed this milestone for the Johan Castberg project. It represents a great achievement thanks to the quality work performed by the project teams across the world, the close engagement with our client and the dedication and expertise of the yard and our vendors,’’ said Michael Sandberg, SBM Offshore Senior Project Manager.

SBM Offshore said Drydocks World Dubai (DDW) fabricated all four modules for the Turret Mooring System (TMS).  The first two modules, the Bogie Support Structure and the Lower Turret, were completed in 2019 and delivered to the Singapore yard in 2019/2020. The Manifold and Gantry modules were completed and safely loaded onto the transportation vessel in mid-April, and delivery to the Singapore yard is planned for in May.

The company said the success of the fabrication phase is largely thanks to the strong relationship with its client and fabrication contractor. “DDW has proven again that quality and safety are of the highest importance with the delivery of an excellent product and zero Lost Time Injuries reported throughout the project. DDW has, together with Equinor and SBM Offshore, also been fully committed to the importance of human rights and workers welfare and focused on this being an integral part of the yard’s culture,” SBM Offshore said.

Laurent Agussol, SBM Offshore Turret & Mooring Product Line Director said, ‘’This accomplishment also displays the strength of our business continuity strategy under today’s exceptional circumstances worldwide. Given the additional challenges, delivering this key milestone as planned is an outstanding performance by all involved.”

Turret Mooring System

The turret design is an 8,000 tons Bogie Turret accommodating 21 riser slots for Equinor’s new build FPSO Johan Castberg for the Skrugard, Havis and Drivis discoveries in the harsh operating conditions of the Barents Sea, offshore Northern Norway. The FPSO will be permanently moored in 372-meter water depth by means of three bundles of five mooring lines.

The TMS allows the FPSO to safely stay in position on the field in the extreme weather conditions, while ensuring safe operations and the transfer of fluids from the seabed via the risers to the FPSO. This project brings SBM Offshore into new territory offshore Norway, adding to its portfolio of large and complex turret mooring systems for harsh environments, cementing its leading market position.

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