Floating production systems

ABB Bags Contract To Power Guyana-Bound FPSO

The contractor was tapped by Offshore Frontier Solutions to provide electrical systems and associated digital solutions for ExxonMobil’s fifth FPSO in the region.

A 3D model of the Guyana-bound FPSO Errea Wittu.
Source: MODEC

ABB has won a contract to deliver the topsides and hull electrical systems for the floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the ExxonMobil-operated Uaru project in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.

Singapore’s Offshore Frontier Solutions, a joint venture between MODEC and Toyo Engineering, awarded the Zurich-based electrification and automation company the contract to deliver a complete electrical system and associated digital solutions to the FPSO Errea Wittu.

The vessel will be operated about 200 km off the coast of Guyana and is ExxonMobil’s fifth FPSO in the region. It will combine the development of the Snoek, Mako, and Uaru resources. Expected to be operational by 2026, with an initial production capacity of 250,000 BOPD, the vessel will also have an associated gas treatment capacity of 540 MMcf/D.

“The FPSO market in South America is growing exponentially driven by the fact that floating platforms are a more cost-efficient, quicker, mobile, and sustainable solution to traditional rigs,” said Brandon Spencer, president of ABB Energy Industries. “Guyana is at the forefront of this growth, and we are thrilled to contribute our technology to help bring this fifth development for ExxonMobil in Guyana to market quickly and efficiently.”

The company said it will deliver a topside and hull electrical system to the FPSO through a pre-built ABB eHouse modular substation, which reduces risk exposure and costs by commissioning, installing, and testing all electrical systems at the shipyard prior to deployment offshore and enables faster speed to market.

ABB said it would also deploy a power management system and condition-monitoring digital solutions to optimize the energy efficiency of operations. The order, booked in the second quarter of 2023, marks the 14th collaboration between ABB and engineering procurement and construction company MODEC on FPSO developments across South America.

The ExxonMobil-led consortium that includes Hess and CNOOC International sanctioned the $12.7 billion Uaru development in April 2023. In May 2023, TechnipFMC landed the contract to supply the project’s subsea production systems. MODEC and Saipem landed contractsfor the Uaru project’s FPSO and subsea installation in May, respectively.

Jumbo Offshore recently announcedthat it was awarded a contract from MODEC Guyana for the pre-installation of the mooring spread of Errea Wittu.