Singapore-based Swiber Holdings announced that it has completed the first floatover platform for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) B-193 field development project in India.
As part of the project, Swiber carried out floatover installation of a 13,000 MT AP process platform and an 8,000 MT AQ living quarter platform, as well as installing bridges and flares.
A consortium partner undertook fabrication of the topsides, jackets and other structures at their yard in Malaysia.
For the project, Swiber deployed its Derrick Pipelay barge Swiber PJW3000 and two floatover barges, Holmen Atlantic and Holmen Pacific, backed up by other support vessels located offshore of Mumbai in India.
Swiber said that floatover installation is a reliable and cost-effective alternative to topside weights, which increasingly exceed floating crane lifting capacities.
Swiber executive chairman Raymond Goh said the completion of the work on the B-193 field development project is a significant milestone for the company.
"The successful execution and completion of B-193, which marks the first time that any company has used floatover methods for offshore field development in India, is a testament to Swiber’s excellent engineering capabilities and asset strength," Goh added.
ONGC chairman and managing director Sudhir Vasudeva said: "ONGC joins Swiber in celebrating the success of the first-of-its-kind floatover installation in offshore Indian waters for the B-193 field development project."
"This is a noteworthy milestone for offshore exploration and development, as it is the first time that floatover installation methods have been used in India," Vasudeva added.
The B-193 cluster field, which is expected to be completed in 2013, will add 28,000 barrels per day to peak oil production, reported The Economic Times.
The field development includes eight marginal fields, which are B-23A, B-28, B-28A, B-172, B-178, B-179, B-180 and B-193, off the west coast.
Vasudeva was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the project, which is being built at an investment of INR80bn ($1.4bn), will add 44 million barrels of oil production and six billion cubic metres of gas over the life of the field.
Image: The B-193 cluster field will add 28,000 barrels per day to peak oil production. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net / suwatpo.