Engineering and construction firm KBR has won a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from an unnamed client to carry out work for the topsides and hull of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will operate off the coast of Angola.
Under the contract, KBR will start work immediately on the FPSO and is scheduled to complete the work in around a year.
According to the company, the FPSO will be double-sided, single-hulled and will have a permanent mooring system.
The vessel will be capable of storing a minimum of one million barrels and process 80,000 barrels of oil a day, as well as 90 million standard cubic feet per day of gas at an export pressure of 3,500psi.
Designed to accommodate about 130 people, the vessel’s water injection facilities will inject up to 130,000 barrels a day.
KBR’s offices in Gothenburg, Sweden and Houston, Texas will manage the engineering and design work, while its Luanda, Angola office will manage local hires for the project.
Produced gas will be exported via pipeline and stabilised crude oil will be stored in the FPSO hull tanks that will be exported through a deepwater single point mooring export terminal.
The crude oil will be transported using a mid-water oil offloading line from the FPSO to the single-point mooring (SPM) buoy.
The company said that the design service life of the vessel would be 20 years.