HOUSTON – ABS says it has granted Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) approval in principle (AIP) for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel design and an innovative construction concept.
This work is the result of an ABS/MES joint development project that began in March 2015. The “noah-flex modular design” for the FPSO and the flexible construction procedure “noah-flex modular construction” were granted AIP on Sept. 15.
The noah-flex modular construction processes consists of multiple steps that take place in parallel to shorten the construction time efficiently, with keel laying marking the commencement of construction.
The first step of the project is FPSO design and hull construction, including propulsion and relevant machinery equipment/systems, which could be carried out by MES in Japan while construction of the oil storage component takes place at another yard, possibly outside Japan.
Following this process, the topside facilities will be subsequently/simultaneously fabricated in a different or the same shipyard and installed on the elongated hull, after which the completed FPSO will move to the specified operation site for hookup and commissioning.
The FPSO design will be reviewed for compliance with the ABS rules and applicable international/national regulations to make sure the unit is in full compliance, particularly when executing transits from one shipyard to another during construction.