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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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ODS-Petrodata Launches FPSbase

ODS-Petrodata, a provider of market intelligence for and about the offshore oil and gas industry, commercially launched FPSbase, a web-based tool providing data on the world's floating oil and gas production systems. FPSbase is designed to track all forms of floating production systems, including FPSOs, FSOs, TLPs, spar-shaped and semisubmersible units; and to deliver analysis of upcoming project tenders, available FPS supply, and current and future demand. The system is also designed to provide technical specifications for all working floating production systems, and projected availability for units operating on a lease basis.

Subsea Production Award to Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions has been awarded a job by Statoil for the engineering, procurement and construction of a subsea production system for the Svalin project on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract value is approximately NOK 400 million. Scope of work includes two subsea trees, one four-slot integrated template structure with process distribution manifold, subsea and topside production control systems, wellhead systems and remote connection systems. "We are very proud to be…

Aker Kvaerner Wins Subsea Contract

Aker Kvaerner signed a letter of intent with Aker Floating Production in January 2007 and has now signed the final contract to deliver a complete subsea production system to Reliance Industries in India. The value of Aker Kvaerner's contract is in excess of $300m. The subsea production system will be installed at 1100-1400 meters water depth and includes trees, manifolds, controls, umbilicals, flowlines and risers. The contract will be booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2007.

Aker Kvaerner Awarded Reliance Subsea Contract

Reliance Industries Limited has awarded Aker Kvaerner an engineering, procurement and construction contract to deliver an 18 well subsea production system for the deepwater Block KG-D6 gas development located offshore the east coast of India. The contract is one of the world's largest subsea contracts ever awarded and affirms Aker Kvaerner's position as the leading contractor for deepwater subsea developments. The initial contract value is approximately $400m. Aker Kvaerner Subsea will supply a complete subsea production system including subsea trees, manifolds, steel tube umbilicals and power cables, controls system and associated connections to tie the subsea production system to an onshore gas terminal.

Floating Production: Huge Opportunity for Shipyards, Manufacturers

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Floating production has been one of the most significant achievements in the upstream oil and gas industry over the past four decades. There are two basic types of floating production systems: oil/gas production units and LNG/gas processing units. Common to both is the use of a floating facility to support an oil and/or gas processing plant to monetize oil and/or gas deposits. •    Floating oil/gas production systems:  These production systems are positioned on offshore fields and used to produce oil and gas contained in subsea reservoirs.

ABS Discusses Floating Production Systems

William J. Sember,ABS Vice President of Offshore Development recently told delegates at the Institute of Petroleum’s Annual Conference in London that the increased popularity of floating production systems for oil production has highlighted the absence of clear and internationally agreed-upon standards for the design, construction and operation of hull structure, process equipment and mooring systems. Source: ABS Offshore News

Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise

Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise In conjunction with its current deepwater production system expansion, such as FSO to FPSO conversion and the construction of new floating production systems, Halter Marine has elected Joe W. Key, as vice president, engineering development. Key, who brings more than 30 years of offshore engineering and project management experience, will work on concept vetting, and product research and development.

The FPU Market Is Primed To Produce

According to a study just completed by IMA, 121 floating production systems are in operation or available. This is an increase of approximately 90 percent over the number of units in operation five years ago. About one-quarter of the units are operating off Northern Europe, another quarter off Brazil and the remainder are mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore China/Southeast Asia, West Africa and Australia. Reflecting upbeat conditions in the oil and gas sector, there has been a burst of orders for new floating production systems over the past six months. Between September 2000 and March 2001, eight production units have been ordered: four FPSO vessels, three spars and a production semi. With these new orders 27 floating production systems are now being built (see chart 1).

New Floating Production System Report Is Available

According to a new report by IMA, there are 121 floating production systems in operation or available as of February 2001. This is an increase of almost 90 percent over the number of units in operation five years ago. About one-quarter of the units are operating off Northern Europe, another quarter off Brazil and the remainder are mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore China/Southeast Asia, West Africa and Australia. There has been a recent burst of orders for new floating production systems and eight production units have been ordered over the past five months: four FPSO vessels, three spars and a production semi. With these new orders, there are now 27 floating production systems being built. A noticeable shift has taken place in type production system now being built vs.

Floating Production Systems to Grow 40% in Five Years

3D Model of FPU

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. 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).

Floating Production: What’s New in January?

Photo: Petrobras

2014 Floater Orders – We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of floater orders placed last year. As listed below, 25 units were ordered during the year - 10 FPSOs, one Barge, four FLNGs, seven FSRUs and three FSOs. 2015 Outlook for Floater Orders – The drop in oil/gas prices and ongoing implosion in Petrobras have combined to create a perfect storm in the deepwater sector. More than 170 projects involving oil production floaters and 35 floating liquefaction projects are in the planning stage.

Kongsberg Maritime, SES Form Strategic Alliance

Kongsberg Maritime and Stress Engineering Services form strategic alliance to serve customers within offshore drilling and floating production systems (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Inc., the North American division of Norway headquartered marine and offshore technology company Kongsberg Maritime, and Houston headquartered Stress Engineering Services (SES) have formed a strategic alliance to better serve existing and new clients with cost effective engineering services and fully integrated technical solutions within offshore drilling and floating production systems. By combining Stress Engineering Services’ wide-ranging engineering expertise…

Aker Kvaerner and Statoil Sign Agreement

Aker Kvaerner has signed a letter of intent with Statoil ASA to enter a five-year frame agreement for the delivery of subsea production systems and related operational services. The agreement will make Aker Kvaerner's subsea division a preferred supplier to deliver complete subsea solutions to Statoil's new field developments as well as additional equipment to new and existing fields. The frame agreement for aftermarket services is valid for new fields. The agreement for delivery of subsea production systems is awarded for a five year period with an optional period of two x two years. The contract for operational services will run for five years. The extent of the frame agreement is first and foremost to cover Statoil's needs on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Offshore Floating Production: 40% Growth in Five Years

IMA has completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector – including a forecast of orders for additional floating production systems between 2013 and 2017. Highlighted below are some key findings in Floating Production Systems: assessment of the outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs. Inventory of floating production systems now at 264 units – This figure is 25% greater than five years ago, almost 85% higher than ten years back. FPSOs 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. Eight units (all FPSOs) are off field and available for reuse – resulting in an overall utilization rate of 97%.

Orders for up to 149 FPS’ Forecast Over Five Years

Floating production continues to grow at a dynamic pace. There are now 197 floating production systems in operation worldwide. Another 62 systems are on order. Most important, there are more than 100 projects in the planning stage that potentially require a floating production system. Production Floaters Approaching 200 Units: The current inventory consists of 118 FPSOs, 40 production semis, 20 TLPs, 15 spars and 4 production barges. They are producing on fields primarily offshore West Africa, Northern Europe, US Gulf Coast, Brazil, Southeast Asia, China and Australia/New Zealand. Another 76 floating storage vessels (without production capability) are now in service, primarily in Southeast Asia, West Africa and the North Sea.

Planned Floating Production Projects at An All-Time High

IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order. This number is 40% higher than the backlog a year ago – and more than double the backlog in mid-2009.

Planned Floating Production Projects Hits All-Time High

Growing Number of Floating Production Projects in the Planning Stage (Number of projects as of July each year) - Source: IMA

IMA has just completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. The 175 page report Floating Production Systems: Assessment of the Outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs is the 47th in a series of IMA reports on the deepwater production sector that began in 1996. Some highlights from the new report are below. Order backlog for production floaters at all-time high – 74 production floaters are currently on order. This number is 40% higher than the backlog a year ago – and more than double the backlog in mid-2009.

Outlook for Floating Production Strong

IMA has just completed a detailed assessment of the floating production sector. The study examines the impact of the global economic downturn, assesses the underlying long term market drivers and forecasts production floater orders over the next five years. The market for new floating production systems has frozen as a result of the abrupt downturn in the global economy. Over the past quarter no orders have been placed for production floaters. This is the first time since 1996, when IMA began tracking the floating production sector, where no orders have been placed during a reporting quarter. As a result, order backlog for production floaters has dropped 30 percent from the same time last year. Several orders for production floaters have been delayed, including three FPSOs and a MinDoc.

Report: $91B Spend on World Floating Production Systems

The Market - Global Floating Production Capex to Double. Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast that between 2013 and 2017 $91bn will be spent on floating production systems (FPS) – an increase of 100% over the preceding five-year period. This growth is driven by factors such as a larger proportion of newbuilds and conversions compared to redeployments, a greater degree of local content resulting in increased costs and general offshore industry cost inflation. Floating Production is firmly established as a cost-effective method of developing oil and gas fields around the world. In water depths beyond 500m floating production systems become one of the few options open to operators, an increasingly important factor as production moves into deeper waters.

Orders for Floating Production Systems

If confirmation is needed that the offshore oil sector is booming, it’s clearly provided by the recent spike in orders for production floaters. Since July there have been orders for 20 production floaters, adding almost 9% to the future inventory of FPSOs, production semis, spars and tension leg platforms. Growth in Number of Units — There are 188 production floaters in service or available as of end 2006. Another 62 are on order for delivery over the next two years. According to Jim McCaul, head of U.S. Current Inventory — The current inventory consists of 115 FPSOs, 39 production semis, 20 TLPs and 14 spars. They are producing on fields primarily offshore West Africa, Northern Europe, US Gulf Coast, Brazil, Southeast Asia, China and Australia/New Zealand.

Aker Solutions Awarded Moho Contract

Photo: Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions received a Letter of Award from Total for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Moho Nord project in the Republic of the Congo. The contract value is approximately $850 million (U.S.). The Moho Nord project, located approximately 75 km off the coast of the Republic of the Congo, consists of the two developments Moho Nord and Moho Bilondo 1bis. Aker Solutions and Total will run both developments as one integrated project. Scope of work within the contract includes the delivery of 28 vertical subsea trees including wellhead systems…

Floating Production System Capital Expenditure

Over the past five years capital expenditure on floating production systems has totalled some $20 billion, but over the next five years this is forecast to increase by more than 50% to $32 billion. Annual spend is expected to soar to over $9 billion in 2004. These are amongst the findings of a major new study launched today at Houston’s annual Offshore Technology Conference by energy analysts Douglas-Westwood and industry data specialists Infield Systems. The analysts forecast that West Africa will get the lion’s share of future investment in floaters, with investments of some $11 billion destined for the region. This is nearly twice the spend in the other major regions with the Gulf of Mexico at $6.1 bn., Brazil at $5.1 bn and Asia Pacific at $4.7 bn.

The Glass Half Full

I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy, as even in the worst of times there tends to lie opportunity. I would not be remiss in saying there are more than a handful in the shipping community that could label conditions today “the worst of times” – simply put, as the global economy struggles to regain solid footing some companies find themselves in economic peril. But as history tells, the business world is filled with peaks and valleys, and generally it is the long-term, quality players that not only survive the downturns, but generally emerge even stronger. In attending a fair share of conferences and technical symposia throughout…

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