Bluewater’s DP FPSO Munin achieves first oil on the Xijiang field

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 04 Jan 2013 09:46


Bluewater’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Munin has achieved first oil on the Xijiang field located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin in the South China Sea approximately 130 km offshore Hong Kong. The Munin, at 103,000 dwt and 600,000 bbls is only the second floating production facility in the world to produce in full dynamic positioning (DP) mode and it is the largest in the world at over twice the size of the only other DP FPSO, the Seillean FPSO.

Prior to its assignment on Xijiang, the Munin was producing oil from China’s Lufeng field, operated by Statoil Orient Inc. in partnership with CNOOC. Munin left the Lufeng field under its own propulsion power to undergo modifications and maintenance in Singapore arriving at Sembawang shipyard in early August.

Bluewater’s scope of supply included:

  • Installation of an outrigger with turntable and swivel for hook up to the risers, including an emergency quick disconnection facility
  • Installation of the innovative Vessel Internal Electrostatic Coalescer (VIEC) (developed by ABB Offshore) designed to increase oil production capacity from 60,000 to 70,000 bbls/day
  • Installation of additional dynamic positioning (DP) equipment and upgraded DP software
  • Hull maintenance and life time extension

After modifications were completed the Munin sailed to the Xijiang field for hookup to the field’s existing fluid transfer equipment. The Munin will produce on the field while the Xijiang FPSO undergoes scheduled dry-docking and maintenance services. The Munin is scheduled to return to the Lufeng Field early in the 2nd quarter of 2005 for a minimum fixed period of three years.

“It was rewarding to offer such an innovative solution as well as providing a possibility to continue production while the primary FPSO is in drydock for repair. “Munin’s processing capacity will be fully utilized and thereby causing minimal interruption to the field’s oil delivery potential throughout the utilization period” stated Jesse van de Korput, Vice President, Floating Production, Bluewater Energy Services B.V.

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