GOM Topsides Contract Goes to Audubon

GOM Topsides Contract Goes to Audubon
King's Quay will be installed in the Green Canyon area.

Murphy Exploration & Production Co. has selected Audubon Companies to provide detailed engineering and design services and procurement and construction support for its deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) King’s Quay FPS project), Audubon reported Wednesday.

According to Audubon, the scope of work includes engineering and design of the entire King’s Quay floating production system (FPS) topsides with complete oil, water and gas processing trains. In addition, the contract recipient stated the scope calls for designing topsides interfaces to the:

  • hull
  • lifesaving equipment
  • marine and utility systems
  • accommodations
  • crane foundations
  • other appurtenances.

Audubon noted that it will apply a “one-size-fits-most” standard design approach similar to the one it used when it provided design, procurement and construction management services for the Delta House FPS that Murphy owns and operates. The design approach accommodates a wide range of hydrocarbons and reservoir characteristics, the engineering firm added.

“The King’s Quay deepwater semi-submersible FPS closely replicates one of the most efficient production systems in the Gulf of Mexico: the Delta House FPS,” Audubon stated. “Utilizing a similar design to the Delta House FPS, King’s Quay will feature a two-level topsides deck with a 10,000-ton payload.”

Audubon pointed out the facility will boast a nominal production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) with a peak 100,000-bopd capacity. The firm also noted that King’s Quay’s gas capacity will be 100 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) with expansion capabilities to 240 MMscf/d of gas.

Final installation of the platform, which will be designed to withstand wind and waves from a 1,000-year storm, will be in the Green Canyon GOM area, stated Audubon. The firm added that first oil is projected for 2022.

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