SBM commits to eighth `replica’ FPSO hull

(OM) SBM Offshore has ordered the eighth Fast4Ward MPF FPSO hull under its Fast4Ward program.

CMHI (China Merchants Heavy Industry Co.) will construct the hull. To date, SBM has delivered six hulls to confirmed field developments and has granted exclusivity for the seventh to ExxonMobil Guyana.

In its latest results review, the company provided an update on the status of its various newbuild floaters.

Topsides integration is nearing completion for the FPSO Sepetiba, onshore commissioning is progressing, and first oil should flow oil in the second half of 2023.

Commissioning has started on the FPSO Prosperity for the Payara Field development off Guyana. Here, too, first oil is later in the year.

The Fast4Ward MPF hull for the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré has reached the yard responsible for the topsides integration. The completed platform should be delivered next year followed by first oil in 2025.

FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão’s Fast4Ward MPF hull has also been delivered to the integration yard, and topsides fabrication is making progress. First oil in 2025.

The FPSO One Guyana’s Fast4Ward MPF hull entered drydock in Singapore, and topsides fabrication is progressing. Startup is expected by year-end 2025.

In other news, SBM has secured a one-year extension to the contract for the FPSO Mondo at the Mondo offloading terminal offshore northern Angola. The platform is undergoing maintenance, but production operations should resume shortly.

Finally, construction has finished of the three floating foundations for the floating offshore wind turbines for the Provence Grand Large project in the French Mediterranean.

Preparations continue for the load-out to allow for integration of the three x 8.4-MW turbines by Siemens Gamesa. On completion, SBM will perform the offshore installation of the floaters and the anchoring systems. The pilot project should generate first electricity before the end of the year.

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