SBM Offshore orders TMC compressors for Liza FPSO

Dutch FPSO specialist SBM Offshore has awarded TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) a contract to supply the marine compressed air system for the FPSO destined for the Liza project off Guyana.

TMC said on Monday that the contract would entail a large compressed air system consisting of 3 x 400 kW frequency-controlled instrument air compressors, 2 x 86 kW feed air compressors, with associated air dryers and filters.

The company will supply the equipment to SBM Offshore during the second quarter of 2018. The value of the contract was left undisclosed.

Hans Petter Tanum, TMC’s director of sales and business development, said: “This will be a big FPSO, with a maximum storage capacity said to be 1.6 million barrels of crude oil, so it requires some major compressor power, which we are extremely happy to deliver.”

TMC added that the SBM Offshore would construct, install, lease, and operate the floating production, storage, and offloading vessel. The FPSO will be deployed to the Liza field, some 200 kilometers offshore Guyana.

“Only compressors that are specially designed and built for marine applications can deliver the required reliability, which is why I believe TMC has been selected for this particular delivery,” added Tanum.

The Liza FPSO is being converted at Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard from a Bahamas-flagged very large crude carrier (VLCC) Tina.

The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels per day. When the FPSO is converted, it will be spread moored in a water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.

The Liza field is located in the Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 percent interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 percent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 percent interest.

Offshore Energy Today Staff