Sembcorp Marine has completed FSO Ailsa, the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel, which will now sail next month for the Culzean gas field in the UK North Sea.
The vessel has a 40-year hull lifespan and was built for Modec and the company’s yard at Tuas Boulevard.
Total, BP, and JX Nippon will serve as the joint owners of FSO Ailsa, which is set to enter service with a hull designed to have twice the average hull fatigue lifespan of other newbuild FSOs.
Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “The successful completion of FSO Ailsa demonstrates that we are now supporting the energy, offshore and marine value chain with a broader and deeper suite of innovative solutions.
“We are grateful for the opportunities to contribute to the Culzean field development, not only through the FSO project, but also our construction of three major fixed platform topsides comprising central processing, wellhead, as well as utility and living quarters facilities which we will deliver in the weeks ahead.”
The vessel is equipped with a 430,000 barrel condensate storage capacity and can also continuously operate without drydocking for 25 years.
It is said to be fully compliant with strict UK safety regulations for harsh-environment operations in the Culzean field.
FSO Ailsa is the company’s first floating storage and offloading newbuild project, constructed over a period of 22 months.
The vessel was designed in-house by leveraging a proprietary hull design from the group’s subsidiary LMG Marin.
Wong Weng Sun further added that the Maersk Highlander, a high-specification jack-up rig completed by Sembcorp Marine in 2016, is now deployed at the field.