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    Floater modification contract in UK

    News // August 25, 2000
    Talisman Energy (UK) Limited has awarded Aker Maritime's UK yard Aker McNulty a contract for the development of the Blake field and the tie-in of the Bleo Holm floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The value of the contract is in theregion of 15-20 million.

    The award is the first contract for an FPSO in the UK for almost three years, and includes engineering, hook-up, installation and commissioning.

    Aker McNulty will fabricate and install a new water injection module, a produced water/cooling medium module, a new compression package, as well as upgrade the existing process separators and perform other modifications to the Bleo Holm.

    The Newcastle yard will be assisted by its sister company Aker Oil & Gas Technology in Aberdeen to carry out the detailed engineering design.

    Paul Blakeley, General Manager of Talisman Energy (UK) Limited commented: "Given the problems currently being experienced by the UK Fabrication Sector, I am delighted that we have been able to award this important contract to a 'home' yard, bringing workto both the North East of England and to Aberdeen. Aker Maritime provided us with the best fit-for-purpose solution and were competitive with the other tenders".

    The Bleo Holm production, offloading and storage ship will be temporarily demobilised from the Ross Offshore Oilfield during 2001 and brought to Aker McNulty's South Shields facility for the above modifications.

    The modifications are to be carried out using solutions previously successful at Aker McNulty. The total installation of new equipment and materials is approximately 1,200 metric tonnes and the water injection capacity will be doubled.

    It is anticipated that the Bleo Holm will re-commence production on Ross and commence production on Blake within 120 days after demobilisation.

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