Kosmos: BP’s Tortue FPSO returns to Cosco’s yard after typhoon

BP’s GTA FPSO has returned to the quayside of the Cosco shipyard in China after it drifted off due to the impact of Typhoon Muifa.

During the typhoon, the mooring lines of the FPSO became compromised, resulting in the vessel drifting approximately 200 meters off the quayside on September 15, project partner Kosmos Energy previously said.

Kosmos said in an update on Tuesday it had been informed by BP, the operator of the GTA project, that the FPSO had been returned to the quayside of the Cosco shipyard in China.

“Inspections conducted to date have not identified any significant damage,” Kosmos said.

“The forward plan is to complete all inspections and incorporate the findings into the remaining work scope prior to sailaway,” the firm said.

Tortue FLNG project to go online in 2023

Earlier this month, China’s Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry revealed it had completed the construction of the floating production, storage, and offloading unit that will serve BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry said the GTA FPSO is 270 meters long, 54.5 meters wide, 31.5 meters deep, and the living quarters can accommodate 140 people.

TechnipFMC, now split into two independent companies, won the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract worth up to $1 billion back in 2019.

Cosco was responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction of the FPSO’s main hull and living quarters, as well as the construction of topside modules.

Kosmos previously said that the partners continue to target first gas in the third quarter of 2023 with first LNG by end of 2023.

Besides the FPSO, Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard continues to progress with the conversion works on Golar LNG’s 2.5 mtpa Gimi FLNG.

The FPSO will process gas from the Tortue/Ahmeyim field, removing heavier hydrocarbon components, prior to delivering it to the floating LNG provider which will sit nearshore a hub.

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