My, my - a few teddies out the prams here then…
So, perhaps my drafting of my views yesterday could have been a little better, but I hardly think they were drivel or basically inaccurate. Yes the wells have been completed and been flowed but they have lain dormant for some considerable time - 4 years in one case - so to think that you can simply turn on the tap and produce is naive. The flow-lines will be filled with a corrosion-inhibiting medium, most probably treated seawater, which also has to be displaced somewhere - the FPSO. There will most likely be a small clean-up skid onboard to deal with this prior to flowing to the topsides process equipment - Bluewater will look out for their interests in this regard - they own the vessel and equipment.
I never said that the risers and umbilicals were not connected to the buoy - I said they had yet to be connected to the topsides. Whilst to a degree this is plug and play technology, the simple fact is that the risers and umbilicals have to be physically connected to the topsides - they are merely hung-off the buoy at the moment in readiness to connect to the topsides. Pulling up from the buoy is easier than pulling from the sea-bed. Fluids cannot flow to the topsides if the risers stay where they are.
Commissioning is a bit of an unknown - how much was completed in Dubai? How much was completed on the sail? How much is dependent upon hook-up and how much carry-over / remedial work has been identified? It all adds up. The point I was making was that at this stage don’t think that FOIL this year is on the cards. As I said the Catcher FPSO took nearly 70 days from arrival in field to FOIL and Armada Kraken took around 4 months (granted both have more risers etc. than us to connect up). We have only two risers and X? umbilicals, however the bulk of the work - I imagine - is in the commissioning and who knows what issues that may throw up.
I was not trying to p!ss on anyone’s chips - they’re mine as well after all! Just trying to temper expectations at this late stage was all. Unfortunately if some took umbrage at my attempt c’est la vie.
I thought Hurrykane was quite good…