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ABS TO CLASS NEW CHINESE FPSO

ABS TO CLASS NEW CHINESE FPSO

Thursday, August 19, 2021 

A Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) ordered by China National Offshore Oil Company Energy and Technology Services Company (Cenertech) to serve the Lu Feng 12-3 Oilfield is to be built to ABS Class.

The 100,000 dwt FPSO is the centre of a development plan for the field which also comprises a new Well Head Platform (WHP) with modular drilling rig; connected to the FPSO through a 3km-long subsea cable and pipeline. ABS has been chosen by Lu Feng 12-3 operator, SK Innovation, as the Certifying Agency (CA) on behalf of People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

The WHP, now under construction in China Petroleum Offshore Engineering Yard in Qingdao, will be installed in 241m water depth and will be the second largest ever installed in Asia, with the largest, the Lu Feng 15-1, also certified by ABS.

Matt Tremblay, ABS SVP Global Offshore, said: “As the world’s leading offshore Classification organization, we are proud to have the opportunity to cooperate with Cenertech on this important project. ABS has a proud track record of supporting the development of new fields and with almost 60% of the global operating fleet of FPSOs classed by ABS, we have extensive experience with these projects as well. We are committed to continuing our safety leadership in the sector.”

“Cenertech and the project team are sincerely grateful for the great support from ABS. A highly capable ABS team was engaged in the project in advance, which is a solid foundation for the success of the project and ensured it stayed on schedule. We look forward to further expert support from ABS and to working together to accomplish the project successfully,” said Yao Zhiyi, Project Manager, Cenertech.

ABS claims a long history of supporting FPSO projects and classed the first FPSO vessel in US waters in 1978 and continues to support larger, more complex FPSOs operating in ultra-deep water and in the pre-salt region of Brazil.

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