DNV to Class First Truss Spar Outside Gulf of Mexico

The first truss spar to be installed outside the Gulf of Mexico is to be classed by DNV. Technip recently signed a contract with DNV for the Kikeh truss spar offshore Malaysia.

The Kikeh field is the first deep-water production project offshore Malaysia. Its water depth is 1330 m. The field's operator is Murphy Oil, whose partner here is Petronas. In addition to the spar, there will also be a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) at the field, fluid transfer lines between the FPSO and the spar, subsea production systems and pipelines.

The new spar is the first spar platform built by Technip and classed by DNV. The FPSO is a conversion of an old tanker that is maintaining the same class.

"This project is important for bringing DNV knowledge and experience into the Floating Production System (FPS) market. This is our best opportunity to show how DNV can perform and, hopefully, lay the foundation for future work with Technip and other FPS vendors," says Craig Colby, a DNV regional manager.

The Kikeh spar hull will be 142 meters deep and 32 meters in diameter. Delivery of the spar is scheduled for late 2006, and production is expected to start in the second half of 2007. Construction and completion work will be carried out by Malaysia Shipyard and Engineering's facility in Pasir Gudang, Johor Malaysia.