Mitsubishi, NYK Buy 45% Stake in FPSO Turritella Project from SBM for $590M

SBM Offshore N.V. reported Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) for the acquisition of a stake in the joint venture companies incorporated for the purpose of owning and operating FPSO Turritella, now being built at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, for the Stones development project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mitsubishi Corporation (30 percent interest) and NYK Line (15 percent interest) have acquired a 45 percent combined stake in the joint venture companies. SBM Offshore, MC and NYK Line are also partners in other joint venture companies incorporated for the purpose of owning and operating FPSOs such as Cidade de Marica and Cidade de Saquarema. Today’s announcement further cements this long standing cooperation.

The partners’ cash contribution to the Turritella joint venture companies is expected to total approximately $590 million with the first milestone payment of $446 million received today. Future milestone payments will follow the stages of completion of the project.

The divestment proceeds have been anticipated in the Company’s 2015 Proportional Net Debt guidance of below $3.5 billion. FPSO Turritella is currently under construction in Singapore and is expected to be delivered and on-hire in the first half of 2016.

FPSO Turritella Project Overview

On July 22, 2013 SBM Offshore announced that it had signed contracts with Shell Offshore Inc. to supply and lease a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) for the Stones development project in the Gulf of Mexico. The contracts include an initial period of 10 years with future extension options up to a total of 20 years. Start-up of the facility continues to be expected in the first half of 2016.

The Stones development is located in 9,500 feet (2,896 meters) of water approximately 200 miles (320 kilometers) offshore Louisiana in the Walker Ridge area. When installed, Turritella will be the deepest FPSO development in the world.

The converted Suezmax FPSO will have a turret with a disconnectable buoy (Buoyant Turret Mooring or BTM) allowing it to weathervane in normal conditions and disconnect from the FPSO upon the approach of a hurricane. The BTM will be configured with Steel Lazy-Wave Risers which will be a first application for a disconnectable FPSO. The mooring system will also incorporate the ability to adjust line tension during operations by use of an In-Line Mooring Connector. SBM Offshore’s over 30 years of turret experience including the delivery of nearly 50 systems will be leveraged to supply this pioneering BTM system.


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