have a wide range of size and complexity. At the high end is the heavy deckload production spar Perdido Host, which is being fabricated for use as a regional hub in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico. It will have a 100,000 b/d oil plant plus large gas plant and operate in 2,440 m water depth. At the low end is the Telemark MinDoc, being fabricated for a small deepwater field in the Gulf of Mexico. It will have a 20,000 b/d plant. One of the two production barges is a purpose-built $410m unit being fitted with a 90,000 b/d process plant, intended for use offshore the Congo. The other is a small 10,000 b/d barge being converted for use as a production unit on a marginal field offshore Indonesia. The FPU is an unusual situation, not based on a typical tanker conversion. Rather, a train ferry is being converted to a floating production unit for use on the Phoenix (ex-Typhoon) field in the Gulf of Mexico. Typhoon had been produced utilizing a TLP until hurricane Rita caused the unit to break loose and ultimately be declared a total loss. Production of the Phoenix FPU, which will not have onboard storage, will be exported via pipelines originally installed for the Typhoon TLP. The five FSOs include three purposebuilt hulls, two tanker conversions. Four of these units are intended for use in Southeast Asia, one in the Caspian Sea. Location of Floater Fabrication and Conversion The number of fabrication and conversion facilities active in this sector continues to increase. Production and storage floaters are now being fabricated or converted at 40 facilities worldwide, up from 32 at approximately the same time last year and twice the number of facilities active in this sector 10 36 MTR April 2007
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