First Subsea Wins Contract to Supply Libyan Vessel

UK-based oilfield services firm First Subsea announced Tuesday that it has won a contract with EMAS AMC (Singapore) to supply equipment to the Gaza floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel offshore Libya.

The contract will see four bend-stiffener connectors (BSCs) used to connect three flexible risers and a dynamic umbilical to the Gaza's turret.

First Subsea said the BSC connection comprises a ball and taper connector attached to a bend stiffener, which is pulled into a pre-machined, compact I-tube built into the turret. The connector is self-energizing and self-aligning, and it features First Subsea's Automatic Release Clamp (ARC) that enables both "diverless" and "ROVless" riser and umbilical connections.

The Gaza FSO will replace the existing Sloug FSO in the Bouri field located some 70 miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya. Owned by Mellitah Oil and Gas B.V, the field includes a central processing platform (DP4) and satellite platform (DP3) in water depths of 590 feet. 

EMAS AMC and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding are responsible for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) of the Bouri field's new offshore facilities. These include a single point mooring (SPM) system, Gaza FSO vessel, and new subsea pipeline with a tie-in to DP4 platform and the FSO, as well as a separate power cable from DP4 to the Gaza FSO.
The installation and hook-up of the new FSO is scheduled to take place in the first quarter 2015. 

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