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    Girassol FPSO expected late June

    Vessel & ROV News // May 4, 2001
    Stolt Offshore says the Girassol FPSO - the largest FPSO built to date - should arrive offshore Angola in early July.

    Stolt Offshore and Bouygues Offshore are responsible for the EPIC contract with TotalFinaElf for the Engineering and Construction of the Girassol FPSO.

    TotalFinaElf, which has a 40 per cent interest, is operator of Block 17 offshore Angola. Its partners include Exxon Mobil (20 per cent), BP Amoco (16.67 per cent), Statoil (13.33 per cent) and Norsk Hydro (10 per cent).

    The world's largest FPSO left Korea, where she was built, on 30 March. Construction was carried out by the Mar Profundo Girassol (MPG) 50/50 joint venture between Stolt Offshore and Bouygues Offshore. The Partners completed construction of the topsides within 21 months.

    The Girassol FPSO will be moored in a water depth of 1,400m. First oil is due to flow towards the end of 2001. The 50,000 tonne hull supports 24,000 tonnes of topsides. The FPSO has oil production capacity of 200,000 barrels per day and a 2 million barrel storage capacity. It also features the largest desulphation unit in the world, allowing treatment of 400,000 barrels of seawater per day for water injection.

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