Seatrium, Shell ink contract for Sparta FPU construction

Jan. 2, 2024
Seatrium has secured a contract to construct and integrate a deepwater GoM newbuild project for Shell’s semisubmersible FPU.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE Seatrium Ltd. has been awarded a contract by Shell Offshore Inc. to construct and integrate the hull, topsides and living quarters of the Sparta semisubmersible FPU.

The contract includes the installation of Shell-furnished equipment and follows the letter of intent sealed by both parties in late August. The Sparta FPU will be situated in the Garden Banks area of the US Gulf of Mexico, about 275 km (171 miles) off the coast of Louisiana.

It will feature a single topside bolstered by a four-column, semisubmersible floating hull and is
designed to produce 90,000 boe/d.

The two-level topside for Sparta will be integrated and lifted to the hull using Seatrium’s Goliath twin cranes capable of lifting up to 30,000 tonnes.

Seatrium said the Sparta FPU is conceived as a replicable project between the company and Shell to leverage the group’s topsides single lift integration methodology, following the Vito and Whale newbuilds, and benefitting from operational synergies.