Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas, the only domestic specialist firm in building floating production storage and offloading units (FPSO) in the hydrocarbon industry, has built a unit for ONGC to be deployed in the KG Basins. Named Armada Sterling V, the FPOS was built at the Sembcorp Shipyard in Singapore in association with Malaysia's Bumi Armada group.
The company has a 70:30 joint venture with the Malaysian group, Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas said in a statement. This is Shapoorji Pallonji's fourth FPSO and its third unit for domestic waters, it added. Shapoorji Pallonji spokesman while refusing to divulge costing details told PTI that the
vessel will be reaching the domestic waters sometime before December-end. Armada Sterling V will be deployed in Cluster 2 of ONGC's KG98/2 Block off the Vizag coast, making it the national oil major's first deep-water development where the oil and gas major is investing over USD 5 billion, which includes an FPSO, a process platform and other facilities.
Production of Cluster 2 is expected to peak at around 16.5 million standard cubic metres of gas per day and 78,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which if achieved can reduce the country's annual crude oil import bill by USD 4.5 billion, the statement claimed.
Armada Sterling V is designed for continuous operations up to wave heights of over 27 metres and has been engineered and delivered by a team of Indian engineers and project personnel. The vessel has a design life of 20 years, without the need for dry docking, the company added.
The vessel features 13 modules and central pipe racks, weighing over 20,000 tonnes with a daily processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of liquids and 3 million standard cubic metres of gas. When deployed it will be the largest 'floater' in domestic waters, measuring 321 metres in length and 60 metres in width, with a storage capacity of over 8,00,000 barrels. It is equipped with artificial intelligence and machine learning, radar-controlled oil slick monitoring technologies and remote monitoring, SP O&G chief executive Ravi Shankar said.