The South American country of Guyana is expected to deploy a minimum of three more Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (FPSOs) during the period 2020-2025, placing it at number 3 in the world for floating production vessels, along with Australia and Angola.
With the Liza Destiny FPSO already producing oil at the Stabroek Block, the Liza Unity is expected to be deployed by mid-2022, followed by the Prosperity for the yet-to-be-approved Payara development, and a fourth FPSO, potentially for production at the Hammerhead area.
“While all the three deployments of Australia and Angola are announced projects, Guyana has two announced and one planned project during the outlook period,” GlobalData said. “The top five countries [Brazil, UK, Australia, Guyana and Angola] are expected to contribute more than three quarters of global crude production capacity through FPSOs by 2025.”
Brazil tops the list with a total of 18 planned and announced FPSO projects which are expected to be deployed offshore during the outlook period 2020–2025, the highest among the countries globally, according to GlobalData.
The company’s report: ‘Global FPSO Industry Outlook, 2020−2025 – Petrobras Drives Global Upcoming FPSO Deployments’ reveals that Brazil also leads the crude production capacity globally through upcoming FPSOs with more than 2,000 thousand barrels per day (mbd) during the outlook period.
Among the 18 upcoming FPSO’s to be deployed in Brazil by 2025, eight are planned with identified development plans while nine are early stage announced FPSOs that are undergoing conceptual studies and may be approved for development. Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), the state-owned company of Brazil, leads the operators’ list with seven FPSOs.
Haseeb Ahmed, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said, “In Brazil, the announced FPSO for the Carcara field is expected to have the highest crude oil production capacity during the outlook period with 220 mbd, followed by FPSOs for Mero 4, Mero 3, Mero 2, Guanabara MV31 and Carioca MV30 with 180 mbd each by 2025.”
GlobalData identifies the UK as the second highest country globally with five upcoming FPSOs by 2025. Four of the upcoming FPSOs in the country are announced FPSOs. Rosebank, the announced FPSO operated by Equinor UK Ltd, has a crude oil production capacity of 100 mbd, while Penguins, the sole planned FPSO in the country, is expected to have a capacity of 45 mbd during the outlook period.