Haikui No.1: Asia’s first cylindrical FPSO begins operations

Haikui No.1, a pioneering cylindrical FPSO facility, marks a leap forward in China’s deep-water oil and gas development. This massive structure boasts a 15-year design life, processing up to 5,600 metric tonnes of crude oil daily.

Haikui No. 1, signifying “Sea Anemone No. 1,” marks a historic milestone in China’s offshore oil and gas industry. This self-developed cylindrical floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) facility represents a significant breakthrough in deep-water oilfield operations.

Designed and built entirely by China, Haikui No. 1 is currently stationed at the Liuhua Oilfield in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea, boasting a water depth exceeding 300 metres.

This colossal structure, weighing a staggering 37,000 tonnes and reaching a height equivalent to roughly 30 floors, integrates functions crucial for offshore oil and gas production. Haikui No. 1 is equipped to extract, store, and offload crude oil, boasting a maximum processing capacity of 5,600 metric tonnes per day, Additionally, the facility has an impressive oil storage capacity of 60,000 metric tonnes, ensuring efficient operations at sea.

Haikui No. 1’s design incorporates a multi-point mooring system, featuring 12 self-developed deep-water suction anchors and high-strength mooring cables. This innovative system is meticulously engineered to withstand the harshest sea conditions, guaranteeing the facility’s stability for its 15-year design life.

The successful installation of Haikui No. 1 signifies China’s growing prowess in deep-water oil and gas exploration and development. This pioneering facility paves the way for further advancements in the nation’s offshore oil industry, promoting energy security and economic growth.