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Wartsila signs pump package contract for new North Sea FSU

Marine and oil & gas industry provider Wartsila has signed a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to supply a range of pumping solutions for a new Floating Storage Unit (FSU) which will operate on the Mariner oilfield in the North Sea.

SHI will build the unit in South Korea on behalf of Norway-based energy firm Statoil. Delivery of Wartsila's equipment is due for spring 2015, with operations at the FSU expected to commence in 2017.

The equipment includes 45 deepwell process and cargo offloading pumps with electric motors and Variable Speed Drive (VSD) panels, three fire water pump skids, and two ballast pumps. The complete pumping packages have been custom-designed to meet specific reliability and efficiency requirements.

Mariner field is the largest offshore development in UK waters, estimated to produce an average of 55,000 barrels of oil per day. The new FSU will have a capacity of 850,000 bbls.