All You Need to Know About FPSO-Jobs. So often I hear from people wanting to get into the offshore oil industry, and most have no skills or anything else to offer.
Yes there are opportunities to get into the industry however you need to plan for this. I have been more recently involved with construction and commissioning of the BP Greater Plutonio in Korea and also BP Thunderhorse which is strictly not one but a floating production and drilling unit.
FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, Offloading) These are essentially large oil tankers with oil production facilities installed on board.
They are anchored to the seabed and the crude oil is carried up to the vessel from subsea manifolds through a hose or piping system. This enters the vessel via the turret. The oil is then treated and held on board in tanks before being offloaded to oil tankers that cart the oil off to refineries.
The production facilities are constructed within modules. These may include seperation and LP compression, seperation and HP compression, Produced Water/Glycol, Water Injection and other specialist modules.
The installation will also include a gas turbine electrical power station module, flare tower and living quarters with helideck and safety equipment
The Floating Production Storage and Offtake vessel is now becoming the most popular method of bringing deepwater fields on stream and the eliminate the requirement for very expensive long-distance pipelines to transport oil and gas from wells to shore. All You Need to Know About FPSO-Jobs
There are many oil tankers undergoing FPSO Conversion in yards and all offer positions.
THE OUTLOOK IS POSITIVE FOR FPSO’s - Contracting for new floating production systems has reversed a new report says. The industry has placed orders for nine production floaters and four floating storage units during the past 4 months. The report shows the order backlog of production floaters stands at 39 units, up 2 units since November. The order backlog includes 28 floating production, storage, and offloading vessels, 4 production semisubmersibles, 1 tension-leg platform, 4 floating LNG vessels, and 2 floating storage and regasification units. There are 159 projects in the planning pipeline that potentially require floating production systems. These projects, along with others that are yet to emerge, will produce orders for up to 35 production floaters/year during the next 5 years. With the deliveries scheduled this year, by end of 2010 will have 245 production floaters in service or available, which is more than double the number of units 10 years ago. Given the need to find new oil resources and the growing number of deepwater drill rigs available for exploration and development, floating production installations will continue to increase at an increasing rate.