The White Rose oilfield is located 350 kilometres east of Newfoundland. Recoverable reserves for the South Avalon pool of the oilfield are estimated at 200-250 million barrels. The field has been developed with a production ship, a so-called FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit).
The end result of this effort was that AMKC was able to deliver the vessel, complete with 16 topsides modules fabricated entirely in Canada, the majority being in the Marystown area, on the scheduled delivery date and within budget
The vessel measures 892-ft in length, 150-ft wide with a 89-ft draft and is equipped with storage of approximately one million barrels of oil and topsides processing capacities of 100 000b/d of oil, 150 million scf/d of gas, 180 000b/d of water and 270 000b/d of water injection and will be moored on a disconnectable turret.
In 2002, Husky Energy has awarded the joint venture comprising Aker Solutions and its partner Peter Kiewit & Sons Co., an EPC contract for the complete topside facilities for the White Rose FPSO, offshore Newfoundland, Canada. All engineering, procurement and construction activities was undertaken from the Joint Ventures offices under the name of Aker Maritime Kiewit Contractors (AMKC), in Newfoundland. In addition to personnel recruited locally in Newfoundland and elsewhere in Canada, key project staff from Aker Solutions’ offices in both Norway and Scotland were mobilised to St. Johns to complement the team.
“The topsides design was based on North Sea and previous Eastern Canada developments most relevant to meet the harsh environment on the Grand Banks,” says Jarle Tautra, Executive Vice President in Aker Solutions. The end result of this effort was that AMKC was able to deliver the vessel, complete with 16 topsides modules fabricated entirely in Canada, the majority being in the Marystown area, on the scheduled delivery date in early July and within budget. The vessel sailed away on August 18th, 2005.
A project of this magnitude had never been completed in Newfoundland and for the Aker Solutions affiliate which participated in AMKC, the project award was regarded as a major milestone in expanding the company’s profile in the Canadian market.