DNV GL has used a risk-based inspection process that takes newbuild engineering and construction knowledge into consideration to award class to BP’s Glen Lyon purpose-built floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Factors such as essential elements of the marine vessel, the structure, floatability, station keeping, and essential marine systems, alongside ensuring the asset integrity of these key features are part of the classification’s scope.
Speaking of the recent classification, Ernst Meyer, director of offshore class at DNV GL, said, “The FPSO market is our most important source of growth for Offshore Class and we have worked systematically to win class transfers over the two last years. Glen Lyon is coming on top of five other recent class transfers in Brazil, Nigeria and Iran, making DNV GL the leading offshore class society in the industry.”
Given that the FPSO will be operating in challenging conditions in its location west of Shetland, DNV GL’s maritime and oil and gas business areas aim to provide BP with a broad range of technical skills in response. Additionally, the work performed by DNV GL on the classification of the hull will also be used in supporting BP’s compliance with the UK safety case regime.
The vessel was transferred into class after first oil in May 2017 and is expected to produce roughly 130,000 barrels of oil a day during peak production.