Wartsila Corporation, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, reported Friday that it has has signed a contract for a range of pumping solutions for a new Floating Storage Unit (FSU) which will operate on the Mariner oilfield in the North Sea. Wartsila’s contract was signed in late 2013 with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) which will build the FSU in South Korea on behalf of Statoil, the Norway based international energy company. Delivery of the Wartsila equipment is scheduled for spring 2015, and the FSU is expected to be in operation in 2017.
The Wartsila scope of supply includes 45 deepwell process and cargo offloading pumps with electric motors and Variable Speed Drive (VSD) panels, three fire water pump skids, and two ballast pumps. The complete pumping packages have been designed to meet the customer’s requirements regarding reliability and high system efficiency.
“Wartsila has extensive experience in this market area, particularly with our electrically driven deepwell pumps. As a result, we can offer complete pumping solutions that are competitive in terms of both CAPEX and OPEX, and which meet the demanding requirements of offshore operations. The fact that SHI, one of the major players in this industry, has chosen Wartsila speaks highly of our offering,” says Timo Koponen, vice president Wartsila Flow and Gas Solutions.
Statoil’s Mariner field is the largest offshore development in UK waters, and the field is estimated to produce an average of 55,000 barrels of oil per day for some 30 years. The new FSU will have a capacity of 850,000 bbls.
Wartsila Pumping Solutions
Wartsila is a market leading technology and service provider of safe, reliable, and environmentally sound pumping solutions for the marine and oil & gas industries. The company specializes in innovative and often highly customized designs for liquid cargo handling. The Wartsila range includes deepwell process and cargo pumps, booster pumps, portable pumps, pump room systems, ballast pumps, fire water pump packages, seawater lift pumps, and general service centrifugal pumps.
The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea approximately 93 miles (150 kilometers) east of the Shetland Isles. Statoil acquired 44.44 percent and the operatorship for Mariner from Chevron in 2007. Statoil then acquired a further 20.66 percent of Mariner from Nautical Petroleum in 2010. JX Nippon Exploration and Production (U.K.) Ltd (28.89 percent) and Dyas UK Ltd (6 percent) are the co-venture companies in the Mariner field project.
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