UOP membrane system selected for North Sea FPSO vessel

The vessel, which will be leased to Premier Oil, will include a UOP Separex Membrane System to remove carbon dioxide. This will be the first FPSO in the North Sea to use the membrane-based treatment system.

UOP guard bed adsorbents will also be used to remove mercury and hydrogen sulfide. These contaminants must be removed to meet export and end-user specifications, and to protect downstream equipment.

Scheduled for start-up in 2017, BW Offshore’s FPSO will be located approximately 125 miles east of Aberdeen, in the Catcher oil field. It will have a processing capacity of 60 000 barrels per day of oil and a storage capacity of 650 000 barrels.