Not Your Average Vessel: The BW Pioneer FPSO
T. Parker Host recently attended the BW Pioneer FPSO on its way into the shipyard for general repairs in Mobile, AL.
The BW Pioneer is one of the few Floating Production, Storage, Offloading (FPSO) vessels in the Gulf. In fact, the BW Pioneer was the first ever FPSO vessel approved for work in the United States. For the last six years, the vessel has worked on the Walker Ridge Block 425, which is about 165 miles offshore, south of Louisiana. There, it is moored at a depth of 2,600 m, making it the deepest water operation of any FPSO in the world.
Owned by BW Offshore, the BW Pioneer has the capacity to process 80K barrels of oil and 17.6 MMcf of gas per day. The oil is pumped off the vessel at the stern and sent to a shuttle tanker through a floating hose. The gas is sent to shore by pipeline.