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Bluewater’s Haewene Brim FPSO was typically used to produce oil from Shell’s Pierce Field in the North Sea of the United Kingdom and recently arrived in Haugesund, Norway.
Norwegian Engineering and Construction Aibel shared a video of an FPSO arriving in Haugesund, towed by a Maersk Supply Service vessel.
In Norway, the Haewene Brim FPSO, built in 1996, will undergo upgrades and life extension work.
According to a Norwegian company, the FPSO will also be upgraded to allow gas exports while at Ibel’s shipyard.
according to World Energy Report “ FPSO database, Aibel’s work on FPSO also includes replacing the FPSO’s integrated control system.
In 2019, Shell and its partner Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited made a final investment decision for a piercing decompression project in the Central North Sea of the United Kingdom and planned to begin exporting gas from the piercing field.
Shell said at the time that the investment would be directed towards the remodeling of Hewenbrim. This work also includes the installation of a submarine gas export line from the FPSO to the SEGAL pipeline and the drilling of new wells.
Returning to the Pierce field, FPSOs are expected to produce more than 30,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production.
According to World Energy Reports, the double hull floater was originally built by Samsung as a multipurpose shuttle tanker for Navion / Bergesen. The original name was Berge Hugin. It was then modified for short-term use as a shuttle tanker and then used as an FPSO on Aker McNulty. Bluewater purchased it in 2001.
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