Fossil Energy – FPU
Singapore’s Seatrium delivered the 2019-ordered Whale Floating Production Unit (FPU) to Shell for deployment at Whale deepwater field development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Seatrium used Goliath twin cranes with a combined 30,000-tonne lifting capacity and a 100-meter hook height to integrate the Whale FPU topside and hull in one single lift.
The expected peak output from the Whale field, in which Chevron is a partner, too, will be around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). The field currently has an estimated recoverable resource volume of 490 million boe.
To be located in Alaminos Canyon Block 773, adjacent to the Shell-operated Silvertip field, about 10 miles from the Shell-operated Perdido platform and approximately 200 miles southwest of Houston, Whale will be Shell’s 12th deepwater host in the Gulf of Mexico.