Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters has secured a construction and integration contract from Shell Offshore for the Vito semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU).

The contract covers hull, topsides and living quarters for the Vito FPU, along with the installation of Shell-furnished equipment.

Weighing 9,200t, the topsides are expected to generate 100,000bpd of oil and 100mmscfd of gas. They are supported by the FPU’s four-column semi-submersible hull.

The Vito host is set to be situated at a 1,234m water depth in the Mississippi Canyon Block 984 in the Gulf of Mexico, 241km south of New Orleans in Louisiana, US.

Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters senior vice-president and head William Gu said: “We are delighted that Shell has awarded the Vito FPU contract to us. We are fully committed to executing and delivering the project safely and efficiently.”

“We are fully committed to executing and delivering the project safely and efficiently.”

In March this year, the company secured a similar contract from TechnipFMC for a newbuild floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

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The contract required Sembcorp to engineer, procure and construct hull and living quarters. Additionally, it called for fabrication and integration of different topside modules and installation of owner-furnished equipment.

This hull is said to be about 227m-long and 50m-wide, having a total oil storage capacity of 800,000bbl and 8bcm gas production capacity a year.

The FPSO is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will be deployed at the Karish and Tanin deepwater field developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, around 90km offshore Israel.