This article was originally published on Friday, 1 November 2019 at 8:44 A.M. SGT; it has since been updated with more details.
Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters won a contract from Shell Offshore to build and integrate the topside and hull of a floating production unit (FPU) for the Whale field in the Gulf of Mexico, Sembcorp Marine said in a filing to SGX Friday.
The Whale FPU will include a topside module and a four-column semi-submersible floating hull, the filing said. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, with plans for it to operate in the Alaminos Canyon Block 772, SembMarine said.
The agreement precedes a final investment decision for the full Whale project, which Shell is expected to make next year, the filing said.
William Gu, head of Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters, said the contract win followed a successful bid for the Shell Vito FPU last year.
“With our state-of-the-art 30,000-tonne cranes at Tuas Boulevard Yard, we can assemble the Whale FPU topside into a mega-block and combine it with the hull efficiently in one single lift,” Gu said. He added the lifting capacity has been a “winning differentiator” for the company on project execution.