Azurite FDPSO

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Name: Azurite FDPSO
Owner: Prosafe FPSO[1]
Operator: Prosafe Production
Port of registry: Panama[1]
Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries[1]
Yard number: 118969[1]
Completed: 1988[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: OI Ship-shaped Drilling Unit Oil Production and Storage Unit POSMOOR BIS
Tonnage: 259,999 long tons (291,199 short tons)[2]
Length: 322.22 m (1,057 ft 2 in)[3]
Beam: 56 m (183 ft 9 in)[2]
Draught: 19.667 m (64 ft 6.3 in)[3]
Depth: 29.5 m (96 ft 9 in)[2]
Capacity: 1.4 Mbbl (220×10^3 m3) (storage) 60 kbbl/d (9.5×10^3 m3/d) (processing)
Crew: 80[2]

The Azurite FDPSO is the world's first floating, drilling, production, storage and offloading (FDPSO) vessel.[4][5]

The Azurite FDPSO was built at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1988 as a very large crude carrier (VLCC). In 1988–1990 her name was Fina Europe, in 1990–1993 Sanco Europe, and in 1993–1997 MT Europe.[6] She was converted at the Keppel Shipyard from the VLCC to FDPSO between July 2007 and February 2009.[4][7]

The Azurite FDPSO has storage capacity 1.4 million barrels (220×10^3 m3) of crude oil. Its processing capacity is 60 thousand barrels per day (9.5×10^3 m3/d) of fluid and 40 thousand barrels per day (6.4×10^3 m3/d) of oil.[7]

Prosafe Production is responsible for the vessel operations and Murphy Oil is responsible for drilling.[4]

On 10 August 2009, Azurite FDPSO started production at the Azurite offshore oilfield in waters of the Republic of Congo.[5][8]


Murphy Oil to Release Azurite FDPSO Early (Congo)

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  3. ^ a b "Azurite. Dimensions (28114)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ a b c "Keppel delivers FDPSO Azurite". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Azurite field is onstream using industry's first FDPSO". Offshore Magazine. PennWell Corporation. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Azurite. Previous names". Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b Leirgulen, Svein Inge (2009-03-23). "World's first FDPSO now in operation" (Press release). Det Norske Veritas. Archived from the original on 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  8. ^ Uchenna Izundu (2009-08-11). "Murphy Oil brings Azurite field on stream". Oil & Gas Journal. PennWell Corporation. Retrieved 2009-08-22. (subscription required (help)).