Second Liza FPSO hull launched from drydock in China

Aug. 8, 2019

Offshore staff

MONACO – Work on the FPSO Liza Destiny for ExxonMobil’s Liza development offshore Guyana is progressing to plan, according to SBM Offshore.

Following topsides integration and pre-commissioning, the vessel sailed from Singapore on July 18 and is due to reach the mooring location in the offshore Stabroek block later in the current quarter.

In Guyana, SBM’s focus is on operations readiness, setting up the shore base and fulfilling delivering local content commitments.

Progress on the block’s second floater, the FPSO Liza Unity, is also on track with the multi-purpose hull – the first of the company’s standardized Fast4Ward design – recently launched from the drydock at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and Offshore Co. (SWS) shipyard in China.

Last month first steel was cut on SBM’s second Fast4Ward hull, for the FPSO Mero 2 at the China Merchants Industry Holdings shipyard.

The company signed a letter of intent for the delivery in June with the Petrobras-led consortium for the Libra block in the Santos basin offshore Brazil.

Fabrication also continues at Drydocks World in Dubai of the turret mooring system for Equinor’s Johan Castberg FPSO, which will operate in the Barents Sea. This is due to be delivered early next year.

SBM CEO Bruno Chabas said the company is continuing to expand on its flexible outsourcing model, including the co-operation with Nauvata in India.

Fast4Ward brings additional resource flexibility and efficiency from repetition and standardization,” he added. “This effect is visible not only in execution, but also in tendering and in onboarding new staff in the new ways of working.”