Sembcorp Marine of Singapore has completed the Vito Regional Production Facility (Vito RPF) for Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Project in the United States.

Vito is a deepwater development operated by Shell in the Gulf of Mexico, United States sanctioned in April 2018. Located on four blocks in the Mississippi Canyon area of ​​the Gulf of Mexico, the Vito development will consist of eight subsea wells with a depth of (18,000 feet) in -well gas lift.

Shell selected Sembcorp Marine to build and integrate the hull, topsides and living quarters of the Vito semi-submersible unit in May 2018.

The Vito RPF is Sembcorp Marine’s first floating production unit (FPU). It was delivered by the company’s Tuas Boulevard Yard. As previously reported, the integration of the mega-topsides with a hull for the Vito unit was completed in October 2021.

The integration of the upper structure of the Vito with its hull was achieved by a pair of goliath cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 30,000 tonnes and a hook height of 100 meters in the Tuas Boulevard Yard.

Tandem lift of the mega-topside structure of the Vito Host on the hull of the FPU; Source: Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine informed Thursday that the Vito FPU had been successfully delivered to Shell on December 27, 2021 and that the platform had left Tuas Boulevard Yard for the Singapore anchorage to prepare for loading and departure for the Gulf of Mexico.

Host Vito will be located at a water depth of 1234 m in Mississippi Canyon Block 984, 241 km south of New Orleans, Louisiana. The project is expected to peak at around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. The development currently has a recoverable resource estimated at 300 million boe.

Wong Weng Sun, President and CEO of Sembcorp Marine, said: “We would like to thank Shell for their strong teamwork and unwavering support in overcoming the challenges and constraints caused by COVID-19. We look forward to continuing this partnership with Shell for the Whale Host Facility (WHF). “

Sembcorp Marine is currently undertaking construction of a second FPU project for Shell, involving the fabrication and integration of the top surfaces, living quarters and FPU hull, for the Whale development located in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. United.

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