World’s first 100,000-ton deepwater semi-submersible production and storage platform built to ABS Class

Source: press release, 26 January 2021

ABS supports delivery of landmark facility for the Chinese offshore industry
ABS supports delivery of landmark facility for the Chinese offshore industry (photo: CNOOC)

The world’s first 100,000-ton deepwater semi-submersible production and storage platform, which is built to ABS Class, has been launched in the latest offshore Classification first.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) will now begin installation and commissioning on the platform, which is a key component of the Lingshui 17-2 Gas Field Development Project.

“We are delighted to be able to support this important project. As the world’s leading offshore Classification organiaation, ABS’ extensive experience means we are uniquely well placed to support delivery of a project of such scale, complexity and significance to the Chinese offshore industry,” says Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore.

Uniquely, the platform has a maximum oil storage capacity of nearly 20,000 cubic metres of condensate for ship-to-ship offloading. The Lingshui 17-2 field is the first self-operated, 1,500-metre deep-water gas field development project in China and is a landmark in Chinese offshore history.

It is just the latest first for ABS in offshore Classification. ABS was the first Class organisation to venture offshore, certifying the world’s first mobile offshore drilling unit in 1958 and classing the first jack-up, semisubmersible, drillship, FPSO, TLP and spar. ABS Classification services are constantly evolving to meet the needs of changing demands in offshore operations.