Technip, Amplus to offer novel FPSO solution for North Sea fields

Amplus Energy dynamically positioned versatile production unit
Amplus has developed the dynamically positioned versatile production unit, based on proven FSPO and DP vessel technology and features the dis-connectable turret system. (Image courtesy Amplus Energy)

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – Floating production solutions specialist Amplus Energy is working with Technip to address marginal field development in UK waters.

Much of Britain’s remaining offshore reserves of 24 Bboe are not accessible through existing infrastructure. Sir Ian Wood’s report last year outlined a requirement for collaboration to maximize recovery of these resources.

Technip will contribute its project management, engineering, and technologies to develop cost-efficient subsea infrastructure.

Amplus has developed the dynamically positioned versatile production unit (VPU), based on proven FSPO and DP vessel technology and features the dis-connectable turret system.

The vessel is tailored to the severe environmental conditions of the North Sea, but is also said to be suited to other areas of the world such as West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Southeast Asia.

Amplus, formed in 2008, has four office-based staff and up to 25 contractors. Managing director Ian Herd, said: “We have already invested more than $5 million in the development of our VPU and it has been specifically designed for small/medium-sized fields or as an early production system on larger fields.

“Working alongside such a global leader as Technip to support the subsea infrastructure brings immense benefits to Amplus and offers the industry a strong collaboration to get these smaller fields developed.”

Bill Morrice, managing director of Technip in the UK, added: “With the industry facing uncertain times, we are constantly striving to provide our clients with innovative technologies as well as smart and cost-effective solutions to meet the world’s energy challenges.”

The two companies are already jointly evaluating two potential projects in the west of Shetland and the UK central North Sea.


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