Floating Production Systems to Grow 40% in Five Years

by Jim McCaul, International Maritime Associates, Inc.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
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IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The study profiles the deepwater industry, examines the dynamics driving the sector and forecasts orders for floating production systems between 2013 and 2017. Highlighted below are some key findings in the study.

Growing Inventory of Floating Production Systems

There are now 264 floating production systems in operation. The number of units is 25% greater than five years ago, almost 85% higher than 10 years back and triple the number of units 15 years ago. Most of the growth has been in the number of Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSOs). This figure has increased by 114 units over the past 15 years.
FPSOs now account for 63% of the existing systems. The balance is comprised of production semis, tension leg platforms, production spars, production barges and floating regasification/storage units. In addition to floating production systems, another 102 floating storage/offloading units (FSOs) are in service.
Brazil is the largest location in terms of number of floating production systems now operating. There are now 55 FPSs in service offshore Brazil. The figure includes 35 FPSOs, 18 production semis and 2 FSRUs. West Africa is second largest with 48 FPUs in service, followed by the Gulf of Mexico (47 units), Northern Europe (39 units) and Southeast Asia (27 units).
Backlog of Production Floater Orders
The number of production floaters on order is at an all-time high. The current order backlog consists of 77 production floaters – 44 FPSOs, seven production semis, five TLPs, five spars, four FLNGs and 12 FSRUs. Delivery of the equipment will grow the production floater inventory by 29%.
In the backlog are 46 units utilizing purpose-built hulls and 31 units based on converted tanker hulls. Of the production floaters being built, 46 are owned by field operators, 31 are being supplied by leasing contractors. Brazil continues to dominate orders for production floaters – 26 units are being built for use offshore Brazil, 34% of the order backlog.

Planned Projects
The number of planned floater projects continues to grow. 248 projects potentially requiring a floating production or storage system are now in the planning stage. A year ago, 216 projects were being planned. Five years ago, the figure was 134 projects.
Brazil is the principal location for new floating production projects. The huge pre-salt oil reserves offshore Brazil have been generating deepwater finds at a rapid pace. Africa is in second place in terms of planned floater projects, followed by Southeast Asia, Gulf of Mexico and Northern Europe.
The growth in number of planned projects reflects the huge increase in deepwater drill equipment over the past decade. More than 150 drillships or deepwater semis have been ordered since 2003, removing a bottleneck that constrained exploration and development in deepwater. The result has been a dramatic increase in floater projects in the planning pipeline.

Five Year Forecast

Our analysis indicates a requirement for 124 to 190 additional production floaters between 2013 and 2017. The most likely figure is 160 orders – which would be 40% greater than the number of orders over the past five years.
FPSOs are expected to account for around 70% of future production floater orders. The remaining 30% will be production semis, spars, TLPs, FLNGs and FSRUs. Around 60 % of FPSO orders will be placed by leasing contractors, 40 % by field operators. Modification and redeployment of existing FPSOs will satisfy around 20 % of future FPSO requirements.
Capital expenditure to procure this equipment is projected to be in the range of $90 to $130 billion over the next five years

Terms Used:
FPSO – Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel
FSO – Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel (no production plant)
FSRU – Floating LNG Storage and Regasification Unit
FLNG – Floating LNG Liquefaction Plant
Semi – Production Semisubmersible
TLP – Tension Leg Platform
SPAR – Production Spar (cylindrical shape)
FPS – Floating Production System (all types)

 


Order the IMA
Floating Production Study


The new IMA study Floating Production Systems: assessment of the outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs provides details for

• 264 production floaters and 102 storage floaters currently in service and key characteristics of each unit
• 250 production floaters and 103 storage floaters delivered or redeployed since 1996 identifying the builder/conversion yard of each unit
• 77 production floaters, 10 storage floaters and 2 MOPUs currently on order, key features of each unit and the delivery status
• 248 floating production projects in the visible planning cycle, type unit likely to be utilized on the project and the status of project development
• 124 to 190 production floaters forecast to be ordered over the next five years.
• 25 to 35 storage/offloading floaters forecast to be ordered over the next five years

An outline of the report and purchase details is available on the IMA website at www.imastudies.com. Further information can be obtained by contacting Jim McCaul by
Email: imaassoc@msn.com or Tel: +1-202-333-8501.

 

(As published in the April 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - www.marinelink.com)
 

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