APL, a group within NOV Completion & Production Solutions, has been, in consortium with Subsea 7, awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract by Tullow Oil. APL will provide Tullow with an oil offloading system using its buoy turret loading (BTL) system, which will be retrofitted to the Kwame Nkrumah FPSO located in the Jubilee field offshore Ghana.
Subsea 7’s scope of work includes the installation of the BTL system and associated suction piles as well as EPCI activities, which include two offloading lines for the BTL and the additional hang-off platform and skid for the FPSO.
The BTL offshore loading terminal is designed for deepwater applications requiring large and frequent offloading operations. Its deck offers wide space for operation, inspection, and maintenance of equipment, and its keyhole shape enables improved weathervaning.
The BTL will be moored in 800 m of water, will weigh approximately 900 tons, and will have an offloading capacity to transfer 1 million barrel parcels of oil within 27 hours.