The Gras Dowr FPSO is shown docked at Tees Offshore Base in the U.K.
The Gras Dowr, a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSP) for Amerada Hess Ltd.'s North Sea Durward and Dauntless fields, is one of the latest additions to the world's growing FPSO fleet.
Oil production from the fields is scheduled to begin this month. One estimate is that the fields, discovered in 1994, contain about 20-30 million bbl of recoverable oil.
The Gras Dowr, anchored in about 90 m of water, lies between the Durward (U.K. Block 21/16) and Dauntless (U.K. Block 21/11) fields, about 3.5 km from the subsea wellhead locations (Fig. 1 [41157 bytes]).
The Gras D...