BW Offshore to lay up FPSO Umuroa at Tui field

BW Offshore has announced that it has decided to plan for a layup for FPSO Umuroa at Tui field as it has been unable to demobolise the unit from the field due to environmental regulations since Tamarind Taranaki terminated the contract for the unit in October last year.

According to BW Offshore, the company began preparatory work to start demobilisation following the termination of the FPSO contract, and the local environmental protection law requires lay down of risers on the seabed for the FPSO to safely disconnect and sail away, however, the risers are the responsibility and property of Tamarind Taranaki, which is in liquidation and currently no able to execute disconnection activities.

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of New Zealand imposed abatement notices to prevent BW Offshore from disconnecting the risers and won the court support in March while BW Offshore is taking advice on whether to appeal the court decision.

BW Offshore said it plans to lay up the unit on the field until further clarification can be received from authorities and it will continue to work with the New Zealand authorities to develop a new plan for demobilisation.

Jason Jiang

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