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Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 11 May 2016 - The Brightest Maritime Daily

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Scotland News - Posted 11 May 2016

Mighty Glen Lyon Heads for Scottish Waters

Worlds biggest FPSO of its type ready to sail from Norway

The world's largest floating production storage and offload (FPSO) vessel built for harsh conditions is heading for Scotland at last.

The ship was built last year in South Korea and has been at Haugesund in Norway for final checks and preparations before making her North Sea voyage to waters west of Shetland.

The new FPSO is a key element of the multi-billion pound Quad204 project, which is re-developing the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, extending production out to 2035 and possibly beyond.

“This important milestone is consistent with BP’s strategy to sustain a competitive, high quality business in the North Sea region” said Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP’s North Sea business last December when the ship's destination was first announced. “The Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields are established assets with a strong future and through this investment, we and our co-venturers Shell and OMV are taking some significant steps to maximise the greater potential we now see in these fields.”

The new Glen Lyon FPSO measures 270 metres long by 52 metres wide. It will be able to process and export up to 130,000 barrels of oil a day and store up to 800,000 barrels.

Almost £45m of business has been granted to UK-based companies to provide services and equipment for the new FPSO, including hook-up support and follow-on commissioning work for the vessel.

She was named at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan then left in December 2015 on a long towed trip to Norway, arriving at the Aibel shipyard in Haugesun in April this year.

BP have been very active in promoting their new ship on social media and has resulted in high interest in the vessel and its activities.

( (Picture: ts Queen Mary under tow heading home today) )

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