SOFEC to deliver external turret for FSO offshore Thailand
SOFEC Inc. has secured a letter of award from MISC Offshore Floating Terminals Ltd. to supply an external turret for the FSO Benchamas 2 due to be installed in the Gulf of Thailand.
SOFEC will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the external turret including fabrication of the rigid arm supporting the turret head. It will be constructed in Malaysia with delivery planned for November 2017.
The turret will allow the FSO vessel to weathervane and continue operations in relatively high wind and wave environments. This capability reduces vessel motions and accelerations and allows continual transfer of liquid hydrocarbons regardless of vessel heading.
The FSOBenchamas 2 will replace the existing FSO, which was originally installed in 1999.
The new vessel will be permanently moored with nine anchor legs arranged in a three x three configuration terminating at the seabed with piled anchors. It will be connected to two 8-in. flexible risers for crude oil and one 6-in. flexible riser for fuel gas. The existing PLEM and anchor legs will be reused except for the top chain which will be replaced with a new section.