LIMASSOL, Cyprus -- The world's first FDPSO, which is owned by Prosafe Production, has left Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. After a short stay at anchorage, it will head for the Republic of Congo where it will be deployed at Murphy West Africa's deepwater Azurite development in the Mer Profonde Sud block.
The vessel, namedAzurite, is equipped with a modular drilling package that can be removed and reused elsewhere when the production wells have been drilled. It has a storage capacity of 1.4 MMbbl of oil and a process capacity of 60,000 bfpd/40,000 b/d of oil and will be spread-moored in a water depth of 1,400 m (4,593 ft).
Prosafe Production has been responsible for the FPSO conversion, while Murphy West Africa has been responsible for the drilling scope. After conversion, Prosafe Production is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the vessel, while Murphy is responsible for drilling operations.