A semisubmersible floating production system for Malaysia’s Gumusut-Kakap deepwater field was delivered to be installed at the project development site offshore Sabah. The Gumusut-Kakap field is Malaysia’s second deepwater development after the Kikeh oil field, also off Sabah.
The semi-FPS, the largest of such facility in the world to have been fully built and integrated on land, left the Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) yard in Pasir Gudang, Johor on May 13, 2013, and sailed to Desaru waters where a sea trial and an inclination test were completed on May 24, 2013.
It was handed over to Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd. on June 3, 2013, which operates the field in partnership with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, ConocoPhilips, Sabah Ltd., and Murphy Sabah Oil Co. Ltd. The semi-FPS then made a 1,480km journey to arrive at the field on June 12, 2013.
The semi-FPS is now in the process of being installed at the site and mooring was successfully completed on June 24, 2013. Once installed, it will be the largest offshore operating facility in Asia.
The successful fabrication and delivery of the semi-FPS showcases the capability of Malaysia’s fabricators and integrated service providers in undertaking the construction of a FPS of this scale.
“This project and its achievement is attributed to the collaborative effort of PETRONAS, Shell, Murphy, ConocoPhilips as well as PETRONAS Carigali, supported by the capability and technical know-how of MISC Bhd and MMHE,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas, president and group CEO of PETRONAS.
The semi-FPS also solidifies MISC’s aspiration of being a preferred offshore floating facility solutions provider and further demonstrates its capability and experience in undertaking floating solution projects. MISC is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract holder for the project and undertook full project management scope and responsibility. MMHE, which constructed the semi-FPS, is a subsidiary of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd (MHB) and a member of the MISC Group.
“The completion of this project is a testimony to MISC and MMHE’s growing capabilities in the engineering and construction of floating production facilities,” said Datuk Nasarudin Md Idris, President/CEO of MISC Bhd and Chairman of MHB.
The semi-FPS project was geared towards bringing in not only significant foreign direct investment but also transfer of technology to Malaysia in line with PETRONAS’ objectives to continuously nurture and develop local capability and capacity towards making and promoting Malaysia as a regional deepwater development hub.
The offshore installation and commissioning activities are being undertaken by SSPC. The semi-FPS has been anchored in a water depth of about 1,200 m and will initially service seven subsea manifolds in the Gumusut-Kakap field. Designed to remain on station in the field for 30 years, the semi-FPS has the potential to act as a hub for other possible subsea facilities.
The Gumusut-Kakap field’s full development system comprises 19 subsea wells which are linked to a permanent structure of the semi-FPS and an oil export pipeline that will bring crude oil to the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis, Sabah.The system has the design capacity to process up to 150,000 boe/d.