Largest vessel ever on the River Tyne arrives at Newcastle shipyardYard News // December 6, 2002
The Bonga hull is 300m long, 75m wide (including the helideck) and the height of a 12-storey building. It was towed up the river by eight tugs.
Topside modules, which are being fabricated in the North East of England, Holland and Nigeria, will be installed on the Bonga hull at Wallsend. The hull itself was constructed in South Korea and was towed the 13,000 nautical miles to Newcastle at an average speed of 5kt. The voyage began In June.
The FPSO will eventually be towed to its permanent mooring at the Bonga field, 120km off the coast of the Niger Delta, offshore Nigeria. It will be capable of producing 225,000 barrels of oil per day, exporting 150 million standard cubic feet of gas perday, and with a storage capacity of two million barrels of oil. First oil is expected in the first quarter of 2004.
The Bonga project is initially expected to develop some 600-700 million barrels of Nigeria's crude oil. The field, which covers a surface area of 60 square kilometers, lies in a water depth of between 1,000m and 1,100m.