BSEE inspects King’s Quay FPS

Feb. 7, 2022
The King’s Quay semisubmersible FPS is on schedule to start production in mid-2022.

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS – Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) inspectors and engineers conducted an offshore regulatory pre-production inspection of Murphy Oil’s King’s Quay FPS on Feb. 2-3.

The semisubmersible FPS is now moored in Green Canyon block 433 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, about 175 mi (282 km) south of New Orleans.

“The first offshore follow-up inspection is a very crucial time in the installation of a new production platform in the Gulf,” said BSEE Houma District production supervisor Micah Charpentier. “It is vital that our team follows up on items or discrepancies onboard the facility including processes, parts installations, components, and safety devices to ensure they represent those of the initial permit submitted by the operator.”

BSEE conducted an initial dockside pre-production inspection of King’s Quay in Ingleside, Texas, in September 2021. This was required before the platform could sail to its final mooring site. During the dockside inspection, inspectors verified that safety equipment, components, and production processes aboard the structure were constructed as planned, met industry standards, and complied with federal regulations.

Corrections to any discrepancies or items of concern were verified during this offshore inspection to ensure all safety and environmental systems are properly in place before King’s Quay can begin production. The facility has the capacity to process 80,000 b/d of oil and 100 MMcf/d of natural gas.

The King’s Quay FPS is on schedule to start production in mid-2022. It is expected to handle production from the Khaleesi, Mormont, and Samurai fields.