FPSO inert gas systems highlight Hamworthy’s offshore expansion

Hamworthy, Press release, 4 November 2009 at 14:00 UTC+2

Four new FPSOs entering service with French super-major TOTAL feature Hamworthy Moss inert gas systems. Each vessel has a storage capacity of 2 million barrels; two of them will be based offshore Angola and the other two in Nigeria.

Commissioning of the inert gas system on DALIA FPSO has been completed, while the already commissioned AKPO FPSO recently reached the ‘first oil’ stage. Two further systems underwent full scale tests in Moss, Norway, before delivery to PAZFLOR FPSO in June and to USAN FPSO in September.

All of these systems are skid-mounted and located in the topside hazardous area. Hamworthy Moss’s scope of supply includes items such as P/V breakers and control systems for all four installations. Three of the vessels will also feature Hamworthy deck water seals – on USAN FPSO the deck water seal is replaced by a double block and bleed system.

“These packages are part of an FPSO’s topside installation, contrary to the common belief that the inert gas system is usually located inside an engine room and a part of the hull system,” said Odd Ivar Lindløv, Manager of Hamworthy Moss offshore business unit.

Hamworthy specialists have extensive experience in supporting the offshore exploration and production sector with environmentally friendly, safe and efficient solutions. As well as FPSOs, these benefit other vessels engaged in every stage of oil field development, from exploration and construction through to production and maintenance, including: seismic vessels, drillships, semi-submersible rigs/jack-up rigs, gas carriers, and shuttle tankers.