The FPSO, owned by Bourbon Offshore Norway AS, a subsidiary of the French company Groupe Bourbon, has been designed to process a wide range of crude oil, from 14 to 40 degrees on the API (American Petroleum Institute) scale, and associated gas. The topsides package includes a solids exclusion system, crude stabilization train, programmable logic controller (PLC) based control and shutdown system and a fiscal metering package. Capacity will be up to 10,000 bopd, 5,000 bwpd and 26 MMscfd of gas.
Engineering and fabrication of the new equipment is underway and due for completion in April 2004. The process facility will then be installed on the vessel in the UK and operations are due to commence in the Gulf of Mexico in early May 2004. Once there, the Bourbon Opale will replace an existing vessel operating for Pemex.
Expro's Production Solutions Group sales and marketing manager Alastair MacLean commented: "This new order demonstrates Expro's capabilities to fast track production topsides facilities. This is the first time Expro has worked with Bourbon Offshore and we hope that it will lead to further similar contracts in the future."
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