FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, Offtake). 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. If you have worked offshore Brasil you will see how popular they are, I once left a rig for shore and ended up on a helicopter milk run that stopped at virtually every vessel in the field.

There are many people out there who just want to baffle you with a bit of Bulls#*t and jargon and also to part you with some hard earned bucks to get you a job. Stay tuned to this website for simple, no BS practical advice about getting a job.

If you want to get an offshore job then at least you ought to know who they have on board a drilling rig and what they do and the average offshore rig. Offshore Installation Manager OIM), Engineers, Mechanics, Sub Sea Engineers, Welders, Materialsmen (Storekeepers, Warehousemen), Production Technicians and so on


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. About the FPSO