Record-Breaking Shell FPSO Ready In Gulf of Mexico

Published at 05:03PM - 08/06/16

InterMoor announced it has successfully completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the floating production storage and offloading facility (FPSO) Turritella.

The vessel is to operate in Shell’s Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area of the Gulf of Mexico, the company informed in a statement.

“InterMoor supported this FPSO’s mooring needs by utilising a cost-effective and Jones Act compliant anchor handling vessel, whereas competitors would typically resort to a large construction vessel”, InterMoor’s global president, Tom Fulton, said.

Record-Breaking Shell FPSO Ready In Gulf of Mexico

The FPSO is expected to tie in to subsea infrastructure located beneath around 9,500 feet of water, breaking the existing water depth record for an oil and gas production facility.

This ultra-deep water project represents the first FPSO for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico and the second FPSO in the region.

The Turritella FPSO arrived in January 2016 and consists on a dis-connectable turret moored FPSO with nine mooring lines attached to a dis-connectable Buoyant Turret Mooring (BTM) buoy in field, awaiting the arrival of the vessel.

After the arrival of the FPSO, InterMoor’s work consisted on final chain tensioning adjustments, subsequent cut and removal of excess chain and riser pull-in rope stretching and transfer to the FPSO, the company said.

InterMoor Provides Full Project Management and Engineering

InterMoor also provided the following services for the Turritella installation: provision of tow masters on-board the FPSO, BTM buoy clump weight rigging removal, dock and equipment support to Shell, FPSO heading control steering lines design, procurement and offshore installation and dive-support vessel mooring design, procurement and offshore support for hook-up and disconnection.

“We were able to successfully provide full project management and engineering, including: design, procedures, procurement, dock support, offshore equipment and personnel for all phases. Our team also designed installation aids and fabricated them in our Morgan City facility, in Louisiana”, the executive added.

Last updated on 03:57PM - 09/06/16