Fairmount Glacier positions FPSO Usan offshore NigeriaProjects and Operations // October 12, 2011
Fairmount Marine’s oceangoing tug Fairmount Glacier has successfully assisted in the installation of the floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Usan, offshore Nigeria.
Fairmount was contracted by Saipem Energies, which needed a 200 tonne bollard pull tug for the job.
The Usan FPSO is one of the largest of its kind: 320m long with a breadth of 61m. The unit was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea.
The Usan oilfield was discovered about 10 years ago. It is situated 100km south of Port Harcourt in water depths of up to 850m.
Fairmount Glacier had just completed a successful docking in Durban (South Africa) when it was contracted by Saipem Energies. During mobilization to Nigeria, Fairmount Glacier called at Pointe Noir for preparation works. Directly hereafter the tug proceeded towards the Usan field, offshore Nigeria.
On August 4th Fairmount Glacier connected to the FPSO Usan as requested. After almost nine weeks of continuous heading control and other general assistance to the FPSO, the FPSO was successfully installed and Fairmount Glacier was ordered to commence