Photo: Lufeng 12-3 oilfield; Source: ABS

Bluewater confirms deal to deliver turret mooring system for Chinese FPSO

Dutch FPSO specialist Bluewater Energy Services has secured a contract with CNOOC Energy Technology & Services (CenerTech) for the engineering, procurement and construction of turret mooring systems, including a new mooring system for an FPSO to be located off China.

A turret mooring system - Bluewater
A turret mooring system; Source: Bluewater

This is part of the Lufeng 12-3 project in the South China Sea. The project is operated by South Korea’s SK Innovation while CenerTech is in charge of leasing and operating the Lufeng 12-3 FPSO vessel for 10 years.

A development plan for the field includes a new wellhead platform (WHP) with a modular drilling rig connected to the FPSO through a three-kilometre-long subsea cable and pipeline.

The internal turret mooring system will be part of the floater required by South Korean operator SK to develop the Lufeng 12-3 field located offshore China, Bluewater said late last week.

The newbuild FPSO will be designed to accommodate 80 people and to supply power to the field’s wellhead platform. It will have a storage capacity of 650,000 barrels of oil and a production capacity of 70,000 barrels per day of fluids. The floater, which is scheduled for completion in 2023, will be turret moored in 240 metres of water, according to Bluewater.

Earlier this year, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) was chosen by SK Innovation as the certifying agency for the Lufeng FPSO, which will be built to ABS Class.