A major piece of infrastructure for the giant Culzean gas field in the North Sea has been completed in Singapore.
The floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel was build for Modec at Sembcorp Marine’s yard at Tuas Boulevard.
Sembcorp said the Ailsa vessel was the first to have been designed with a 40-year hull lifespan.
It can store 430,000 barrels of condensate at a time and can operate continually without drydocking for 25 years.
Culzean is operated by French giant Total, which gained a 49.99% stake in the project when it took over Maersk Oil earlier this year.
BP and JX Nippon also own stakes in the field, which is expected to come online in 2019.
Culzean is expected to pump out enough gas to meet 5% of total UK demand when it hits peak production in 2020/21.
Claus Vissing-Jorgensen, Culzean project director for Total, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the successful completion of the FSO Ailsa for the Culzean project. Work has been carried out safely to a standard that confirms the strong capabilities of these fabrication facilities in Singapore.”
Sembcorp Marine chief executive Wong Weng Sun said: “The successful completion of FSO Ailsa demonstrates that we are now supporting the energy, offshore and marine value chain with a broader and deeper suite of innovative solutions.
Sateesh Dev, chief executive of Modec Offshore Production Systems, said: “FSO Ailsa, the 46th floating unit Modec has accomplished for the offshore oil and gas production industry, represents a significant milestone for us as it is the first one we have built for the North Sea oil and gas sector.
“We are honoured to play a key role in the Culzean project with this newbuild FSO, which has been exciting and challenging.”