DNV confirms feasibility of SBM/MHI CO2 capture process for FPSOs

Nov. 9, 2023
DNV has issued a statement of qualified technology to SBM Offshore for its carbon capture plant solution for FPSOs.

Offshore staff

MONACO – DNV, acting as a third party, has issued a statement of qualified technology to SBM Offshore for its carbon capture plant solution for FPSOs, developed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The statement confirms the technology is feasible for the intended application and that the technical claims have been sufficiently substantiated.

Sulzer Chemtech supported the application.

In September, SBM announced its partnership agreement with MHI to offer the service for FPSOs producing oil and gas from offshore reservoirs, following completion of a joint engineering and design study concerning the technical feasibility and commercial readiness of CO2 capture technology offshore.

Their solution will apply MHI’s proprietary Advanced KM CDR Process technology, jointly developed with The Kansai Electric Power Co, which targets emissions reductions from FPSOs by capturing CO2 from onboard gas turbines.

In its latest results statement, SBM said ExxonMobil Guyana plans to exercise its right to purchase the FPSO Liza Unity this month, three months ahead of the end of the maximum lease term. However, SBM Offshore will continue to operate and maintain the vessel, which operates on the Liza field through 2033.

As for the company’s newbuild program, topsides module lifting for the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré is progressing alongside integration and commissioning, and the platform should be delivered next year.

At the yard in China, topsides fabrication continues for the FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão ahead of the module lifting campaign. Following completion and delivery the platform should produce first oil in 2025.

Topsides fabrication is on track for the FPSO ONE GUYANA (first oil in 2025). And SBM has allocated its seventh Fast4Ward MPF hull for ExxonMobil’s Whiptail development offshore Guyana following the award of FEED contracts.

An eighth MPF hull is now under construction to support tendering activities for other projects.