BP’s Skarv FPSO on tow to Norway

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29 November 2010

The Skarv FPSO has commenced the voyage from South Korea to Norway. The last mooring line was released early this morning. This is exactly in line with the Project Master Schedule.

“This is yet another key milestone successfully achieved in the development of the Skarv field. We look forward to welcome the Skarv FPSO to Norway and wish the crew a safe journey, says Rebecca Wiles Managing Director of BP Norway.

The passage from Geoje in South Korea to Stavanger is 15424 nautical miles and the voyage is expected to last around 90 days. Tow speed will vary between 7-12 knots subject to weather conditions and current.

Aker Marine Contractors (AMC) holds the Skarv FPSO tow and offshore installation contract. AMC has subcontracted two ocean going tugs ( Fairmount Sherpa, Fairmount Summit) from the Dutch company Fairmount to perform the tow. There will be short stops during the tow for crew changes, bunkering, loading supplies and waste disposal.

A crew between 65 and 100 will be on board Skarv FPSO during the passage. They will perform on the job training, running of the vessel, surveillance and provide marine support to the tug crew.

Transport solution

  • 80 km long 26” spur line to Åsgard Transport System
  • Ability to process third party gas

Estimated production start

  • 3Q. 2011

Technical features

  • Accommodation: 100 single bed cabins
  • Production capacity oil: 85000 b/d
  • Production capacity gas: 15 mill sm3/d
  • Storage capacity: 875000 b
  • Topsides: 18000 tons
  • Hull: 49000 tons
  • Turret/mooring system: 7000 tons
  • Wells: 16
  • Sub sea templates: 5

The Skarv FPSO has two man over board boats four Free Fall (FF) lifeboats, manufactured by Schat Harding (Type FF1200S survival craft) that is totally enclosed and self-righting. Each lifeboat has a capacity of 63 persons. The lifeboats are tested to free fall for all drafts applicable for the tow. Firefighting teams trained in emergency response will be part of the crew and regular training sessions and drills will be carried out during each leg of the tow. The tow tugs “Fairmount Summit” and “Fairmount Sherpa” both has a bollard pull of 205 tonnes each.


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