Shell Awards Whale FPU Contract

Shell Awards Whale FPU Contract
Artist's impression of the Whale FPU. IMAGE SOURCE: Sembcorp Marine

Shell Offshore, Inc. has awarded Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte., Ltd. a contract to build and integrate the topside and hull of a floating production unit (FPU) for the Whale field in the Gulf of Mexico, Sembcorp reported Friday.

“We are very grateful to Shell for recognizing our yard capabilities and entrusting us with the Whale FPU project, which comes after our successful bid for the Shell Vito FPU last year,” William Gu, Sembcorp Marine’s head of Rigs & Floaters, said in a written statement.

Sembcorp is constructing the Vito FPU at its Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore. Shell, which took a final investment decision (FID) on Vito in 2018, has stated that Vito will apply a new, simplified host design and subsea infrastructure. In addition, the development assumes a break-even oil price below $35 per barrel.

According to Sembcorp, the Whale FPU integrates a topside module and a four-column semi-submersible floating hull and boasts a combined weight of 25,000 tonnes. The FPU, which Sembcorp noted would apply synergies from the Vito project, is slated for a 2022 completion and would operate in the GOM Alaminos Canyon Block 772.

Sembcorp also noted the contract award precedes a FID for the full Whale project, which Shell anticipates making in 2020.

“With our state-of-the-art 30,000-tonne cranes at Tuas Boulevard Yard, we can assemble the Whale FPU topside into a mega-block and combine it with the hull efficiently in one single lift,” noted Gu.

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