World's largest FPSO on its way
The Goliat platform has now been towed on board the Dockwise Vanguard, which is the largest marine transport vessel in the world.
The Goliat platform is the largest and most sophisticated cylindrical FPSO (Flotating production, storage and offloading) facility ever built. It was designed by the Norwegian company Sevan Marine in Arendal and built at the HHI yard in South Korea.
The Eni-operated Goliat field is the world's northernmost offshore oil field, and the first oil field to come into production in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.
The platform has been specially designed for the Arctic conditions of the Barents Sea and a number of ground-breaking innovations have been incorporated into its design to ensure safe and stable operations.
On 2 February 2015, following the successful completion of a series of planned tests and trials, the FPSO was towed on board the Dockwise Vanguard which will now transport it on its long journey around the southern tip of Africa. Following some final preparations, it is expected to depart on its roughly 60-day journey in a couple of week’s time, and should arrive in Hammerfest by the middle of April. The platform will make a brief stop-over before being towed out to the Goliat field location. Tie-in operations and preparations for production will take place during the summer.
The platform will be supplied with electrical power from the mainland using the longest submarine cable of its type in the world. The field is planned to come onstream in the middle of this year.
Facts about the Goliat FPSO:
107 metres in diameter (at process deck level)
Production capacity: 100,000 barrels of oil per day
Storage capacity: 1 million barrels
Cabin capacity: 120 persons
Lifeboat capacity: 240 persons
No. of anchor lines: 14
No. of wells: 22 (11 producers, 9 water injectors and 2 gas injectors)
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