DSME orders Alfa Laval Aalborg heaters for Ichthys FPSO

15 January 2013 (Last Updated January 15th, 2013 18:30)

Sweden-based Alfa Laval has won an SEK130m ($20m) order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea to provide Alfa Laval Aalborg heaters for a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Sweden-based Alfa Laval has won an SEK130m ($20m) order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea to provide Alfa Laval Aalborg heaters for a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The heaters, which are booked in the Marine & Offshore Systems segment, are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2013.

Following delivery, the heaters will be used to preheat gas condensate prior to processing on the FPSO.

DSME is building the vessel under a $2bn order from Inpex, a Japan-based oil and gas explorer.

Scheduled to be delivered in April 2016, the FPSO will be operated in the Browse Basin as a part of Inpex’s Ichthys project, offshore Western Australia.

The vessel, named ‘Ichthys FPSO’, will have a length of 336m, breadth of 59m and weigh approximately 110,000 tonnes, with a peak production capacity of 85,000 barrels of oil per day and storage capacity for up to 1.14 million barrels.

The vessel is contracted on a turnkey basis to the South Korean shipbuilder, which will be responsible for the entire project, from the design to manufacturing the hull and topside module.

DSME said the new vessel is its second largest FPSO order intake after ‘Pazflor FPSO’, which was ordered in 2007 for $2.1bn.

The FPSO contract will be delivered by DSME’s partner companies, including Shinhan Machinery, which will produce the accommodation module. Daewoo’s affiliated company in Shandong China DSSC will build the flare tower and Samwoo Heavy Industry will be responsible for building the pipe-rack.

Alfa Laval completed its acquisition of Aalborg Industries in May 2011 after receiving clearance from competition authorities.