Fantoft Process Technologies, part of Kongsberg Maritime's dynamic simulation division has been awarded a contract by GustoMSC to perform a dynamic simulation study of the topside process system of the newbuild Kikeh field floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), which is currently under construction by Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) and is due for delivery to the Kikeh field in the second half of 2007.
The topside facilities include crude oil separation, gas injection, gas dehydration and water injection. The main purpose of the study is to define the sensitivity of the process design to fluctuations in operating parameters such as flow, pressure and molecular weight, which will occur during various operating conditions like start-up, shut-down, compressor trip, equipment failure etc.
The Kikeh FPSO is owned and operated by SBM Offshore and MISC and will be operated by this Joint Venture at the Kikeh field offshore Malaysia under a long-term lease with Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. It will be the first deepwater development in Malaysia and will include the deepest installation of sub sea trees in Asia to date, down to 1300 meters water depth.
The FPSO will be moored for the contract duration, which including options may extend to more than 20 years, using an external turret mooring system that allows the vessel to take up the heading of least resistance against the prevailing environmental conditions.
Fantoft was acquired by Kongsberg Maritime in June 2006 and integrated with the existing process simulation department to form one of the most powerful simulation entities in the world. Fantoft boasts a 20-year history as an experienced supplier of process simulation models for various applications. This includes a number of references to projects similar to the proposed Kikeh dynamic simulation study for GustoMSC. The company has previously carried out similar dynamic simulation studies for other FPSOs owned by SBM Offshore.