Yantai Raffles sends FPSO to Rotterdam

China-based Yantai Raffles Shipyard has dispatched the second cylindrical hull form FPSO, the Sevan Hummingbird, to the Keppel Verolme Shipyard in Rotterdam, for process plant installation.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- China-based Yantai Raffles Shipyard has dispatched the second cylindrical hull form FPSO, the Sevan Hummingbird, to the Keppel Verolme Shipyard in Rotterdam, for process plant installation.

The vessel, which is being transported onboard a dry tow vessel, is 65.2 m (214 ft) long and 64.3 m (211 ft) wide. The platform has an oil storage capacity of 300,000 bbl and an offloading capacity of 3,600 cu m/hr (127,133 cu ft/hr). The vessel has accommodations for 44.

Compared to a conventional monohull FPSO, the cylindrical hull form FPSO uses less surface or 'hull steel' to contain the same volume. The weight, at 9,700 metric tons (10,692 tons), is less than that of a conventional FPSO with the same storage capacity, Yantai Raffles says. A further advantage is that the unit is less sensitive to wave induced motions.

Later this year, theSevan Hummingbird will be installed on the Chestnut field in the central UK North Sea on contract to Venture Production Plc., the company says.

Yantai Raffles previously delivered the hull for the Sevan stabilized platform (SSP)Piranema, the world's first round shape FPSO, which will operate in the Piranema field offshore Brazil.

A third round FPSO is under construction at Yantai Raffles Shipyard.

3/8/2007

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