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Welcome home! The long journey of the Glen Lyon

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The FPSO vessel “Glen Lyon” was under construction for four years in South Korea. After travelling half-way across the world, it has finally arrived in the North Sea. Here the vessel and the crew are ready to work in the Schiehallion field.

Haugesund yard, Norway, April 19, 2016: The Glen Lyon – four years of construction, 21 million work hours – has reached the penultimate stage of its final destination after a three-month journey. The vessel is a technical masterpiece: 154 meters high, 270 meters long, and an unbelievable 67,000 tons dry weight. After an interim stop in the Haugesund yard in southwestern Norway, where some last preparational work is being carried out, it will finally go on to its actual deployment location in the Schiehallion field. From 2017 the Glen Lyon FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) will operate 170 km northwest of the Shetland Islands to produce around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.

A long way to work

Right at the start the Glen Lyon crossed 15,000 nautical miles, circled half the world and passed through some of the most beautiful spots on the earth.

David Hepton Operations Manager, Production & Engineering, OMV UK
After a four-year construction period, the Glen Lyon set sail through the South China Sea, passing Singapore through the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope and headed north in the Atlantic. We are now relieved and happy that it has arrived here in the North Sea safe and sound.
David Hepton, Operations Manager, Production & Engineering, OMV UK

Building the FPSO vessel

Take a look at our video to see how the vessel was built in one of the world’s largest offshore shipyards, find out more about the Glen Lyon’s technical innovation – the turret – as well as details on the redevelopment of the Schiehallion field:

The Glen Lyon and the Schiehallion field

  • The Schiehallion field was discovered in 1993. Following 16 years of production, it is currently being redeveloped in a joint venture by OMV, BP and Shell.
  • Glen Lyon is the name of the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading), which will produce oil in the Schiehallion field. It was manufactured in the Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Offshore Yard in South Korea
  • The field is named for a Scottish Peak and is located in the North Sea (UK) 170 km northwest of the Shetland Islands.
  • The Glen Lyon FPSO should facilitate daily production of around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent from 2017.

Find more on the Glen Lyon’s journey here:
New Glen Lyon FPSO sets sail for west of Shetland

Picture provided by BP

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