Kvaerner Masa-Yards delivers Floating Storage Unit

Feb 18, 1997 01:00 AM

Finnish shipbuilder Kvaerner Masa-Yards has put into the water a 100,000 dwt floating storage unit (FSU) Due for delivery to Norsk Hydro Production in June this year, the FSU will serve a floating production unit (FPU) on the Njord field, in the Haltenbanken area off the Norwegian coast. Oil production is to start in October. The FSU, employing a storage capacity of 112,000 cm, will be anchored in about 330 m of water, using a submerged turret system anchored to the seabed. Crude oil from the FPU, to be located 1.3 nautical miles (2.5 km) away, will be transferred via a flexible riser and a swivel through the turret into the vessel. The turret will also act as the conduit for the 11 kV main electrical power feed to the FSU, which has been arranged for unmanned operation. A flexible hose in the stern of the FSU will be used for offloading the stabilised oil to shuttle tankers, at rates of up to 8,000 cm per hour. The operating unit incorporates a 2.5 MW azimuthing thruster in the aftship section, to be used for heading control during offloading. The storage unit, which was floated out from the Turku yard last week, is intended for 15 years' continuous operation. Built to Det Norske Veritas class requirements, the hull has been designed for a fatigue life of 25 years.

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