The world’s largest cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading vessel Goliat FPSO has left Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan shipyard in South Korea, and is headed to Norway on board the Dockwise Vanguard.
The 64,000 ton cylindrical floater, measuring 112m in diameter and 75m in height, is designed to store one million barrels of crude oil per day.
Eni Norge will install the FPSO in the Goliat field in the Barents Sea, 85 km northwest of Hammerfest, with start-up expected by mid-2015.
Following some final preparations, the vessel departed on its 60-day journey around the southern tip of Africa, and should arrive in Hammerfest by the middle of April. The platform will make a brief stop-over before being towed out to the Goliat field location. Tie-in operations and preparations for production will take place during the summer.
The platform will be supplied with electrical power from the mainland using the longest submarine cable of its type in the world. The field is planned to come onstream in the middle of this year.
The design and manufacture of the project complied with the NORSOK standards. The FPSO features a cylindrical shape designed to withstand harsh sea conditions.
Images: Eni Norge