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40 | December 2017 | 2018 OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY YEARBOOK | FIXED AND FLOATING SYSTEMS Marine cylindrical design in February, which was towed to the North Sea for final construction. The Dana Petroleum-operated Western Isles Project will develop the Harris and Barra oil fields in the North- ern North Sea, 100 miles east of the Shetlands. First oil, originally targeted for 2105, was rescheduled for year-end 2017. In April, BW Offshore announced an extension of the lease agreement with Nigerian Agip Explo- ration Ltd., a subsidiary of ENI S.p.A, for the Abo FPSO that extends the contract to March 31, 2018, with options until 2023. Another of the compa- ny's vessels, the FPSO BW Catcher left the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in August en route to the Catcher Field in the central North Sea. Once onsite in the fourth quarter, the FPSO will begin work for Premier Oil on a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years. First oil was expected by year-end. BW Catcher has oil storage capacity of 650,000 bbl and processing capacity of 60,000 bbl/d. According to analysts at IHS Markit, the com- pany also plans to redeploy the floating, drilling, production, storage and offloading (FDPSO) vessel Azurite to work at the BW Energy-operated Dussafu project offshore Gabon following minor modifica- tions at the Keppel FELS shipyard. The FDPSO is the world's first (and only) vessel of its type, with a storage capacity of 1.3 Mbbl of oil and processing capacity of 40,000 bbl/d. Its unique design allows it to be used for drilling and completing produc- tion and injection wells. This is welcome news for a vessel that has been idle since the beginning of 2014, when production on the Azurite Field off- shore Congo ceased. First oil on Dussafu is targeted for the second of 2018. IHS Markit anticipates a second redeployment by the end of the year, with Nigeria-based First Exploration & Petroleum Devel- opment Co. Ltd. expected to use an existing FPSO for its Anyala/Madu development offshore Nigeria. More work is upcoming as well for the Aoka Mizu FPSO, owned and operated by Bluewater Energy Services B.V., which has been contracted by Hurricane Energy to supply the vessel for use in the early production system phase of Hurricane's shallow-water Lancaster Field in the Rona Ridge area West of Shetlands. The FPSO left its berth at the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland, arriving at the end of September at the Drydocks World Dubai Shipyard, where it will undergo updates. Subsea installations will be carried out onsite ahead of Aoka Mizu's arrival next summer. Production is anticipated in the first half of 2019. Hurricane Energy Chief Executive Dr. Robert Trice called this award, "an essential step in plan- ning for the full field development of the company's Rona Ridge assets," confirming that more develop- ment work is anticipated. The choice of an FPSO by a relatively small operator is an encouraging sign. According to Bluewater President and CEO Hugo Heerema, the award shows that, "even in a low but improving oil price environment, developments can be made economical." This year saw signs of movement again in the FPSO fleet operating offshore Brazil. In February, the BrasFELS shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, delivered the P-66 FPSO to Tupi BV for work on the Lula Sul Field in the Santos Basin. In May, Teekay Offshore took delivery of Pioneiro de Libra from Sembcorp Marine's Jurong Shipyard. This vessel, which also is deployed in the Santos Basin, will be the first to produce the ultra-deep- water Libra Field. In October, Petrobras moved a third unit into its FPSO fleet with the delivery of the Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes MV29 from BrasFELs. The vessel moved to the Bananal Bay offshore Brazil for eventual deployment on the Tartaruga Verde and Tartaruga Mesti├ža fields, in the Campos Basin. Bluewater's Aoka Mizu FPSO has been contracted by Hurricane Energy for use in the early production sys- tem phase of the shallow-water Lancaster Field in the Rona Ridge area West of Shetlands. (Photo courtesy of Bluewater)

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