BP launches Skarv FPSO

BP Norge’s Skarv FPSO was officially named at a ceremony early this week at the Samsung yard.

Offshore staff

GEOGE, South Korea -- BP Norge’s Skarv FPSO was officially named at a ceremony early this week at the Samsung yard.

The vessel will operate in the Norwegian Sea, 210 km (130 mi) offshore Nordland County. It should start production at the Skarv oil and gas field in fall 2011.

The FPSO is nearly 300 m (984 ft) long and 50 m (164 ft) wide, with topsides weighing 18,000 metric tons (19,841 tons), a hull of 49,000 metric tons (54,013 tons), and a 7,000-metric ton (7,716-ton) turret/mooring system.

According to BP, it is the world’s largest gas processing vessel, with capacity for 15 MMcf/d of gas and 80,000 b/d of oil. Its oil storage capacity is 875,000 bbl.

Operations on the vessel will be supported by BP’s office in Stavanger, a supply base in Sandnessjøen and helicopter transport from Brønnøysund.

Skarv is being developed with 16 wells and five subsea templates, with built-in flexibility to take production from new projects.

Gas will be exported through an 80-km (49.7-mi), 26-in. (66-cm) spur line connecting to the Asgard Transport System to Kårstø in southern Norway. Oil will be offloaded from the FPSO to shuttle tankers

The field contains an estimated 6.8 MMcm (240 MMcf) of oil and condensate, and 483 bcm (1.7 tcf) of rich gas.

11/10/2010

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