Drill ships are another type of high added-value
vessels that are designed for exploratory offshore
drilling of new oil wells.
Building a drill ship requires the use of
advanced shipbuilding and offshore drilling techniques.
In 1998, Samsung Heavy Industries constructed the
nation¡¯s first drill ship (the Deepwater Pathfinder)
and used its accumulated expertise and experience to
successfully build the world¡¯s first drill ship
(the Stena Icemax) for use in the Arctic region.
The Stena Icemax was the first ship of its kind to
feature an anti-icing system design; all fixtures
and equipment on the ship were tested and approved
for use at temperatures of up to -40¡ÆC.
The ship was delivered to Stena, a Swedish company,
in March 2012.
As of the end of 2015, Samsung Heavy
Industries has been responsible for the construction of
64 large drill ships, accounting for 42% of the world¡¯s market
share of large drill ships commissioned since 1996.
FLNG (Floating LNG) is an offshore plant facility that mines,
purifies, liquefies, stores, and unloads LNG.
Developing a gas field using FLNG is both
environmentally friendly and economical since
there is no need to install undersea pipes or liquefaction
facilities on land, which typically cost up to 2 trillion won.
In 2009, Samsung Heavy Industries signed a contract
with Royal Dutch Shell for the long-term supply of
LNG-FLNGs. In 2011, Samsung Heavy Industries secured
an order for Prelude FLNG and successfully completed
its launch in November 2013. The 3-trillion-won ship is
the world¡¯s first and largest floating facility.
Samsung Heavy Industries signed another contract with
Royal Dutch Shell in 2015 for 3 additional FLNGs.
FPSO stands for a Floating Production, Storage and
Off-loading vessel, and is a high-priced offshore structure
used for the rapid development of oil fields, applications in
deep-sea oil fields or the development of small- and
mid-sized oil fields.
As FPSOs are not independent vessels but part of oil field
development projects worth billions of dollars,
any unexpected accidents or problems with an FPSO
poses the risk of suspension of oil field development.
Technology secured with experience alone is not sufficient
to prevent risks. An FPSO is a high-tech offshore structure
that requires the highest level of reliability and stability,
which can only be secured through rigorous scientific
Samsung Heavy Industries¡¯ FPSO building technologies
have been proven by its successful delivery of a total
of 15 units of FPSO to the world¡¯s most prestigious major
Floating offshore vessels are used for the drilling
of deep-sea oil fields and production offshore, and are
growing in significance with the increased need for
deep-sea oil development.
Samsung Heavy Industries built West Phoenix and West
Eminence, the world¡¯s largest semi-submerged oil drilling
vessels with the capacity of 30,000 ton, using its own
technology, and successfully delivered these two vessels
to Seadrill in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In particular,
West Phoenix signaled the true beginning of the EPC
offshore construction business of Samsung Heavy
Industries, as the company handled the entire cycle, from
design to purchase of materials and construction.
In July 2010, the company became the first Korean
shipbuilder to successfully joint the top side of 10,000§³
and the hull at an offshore site. This achievement was
widely heralded as a major advancement in Korean
offshore plant building technology.
Offshore platforms are used for the development of marine
resources fixed at an offshore location.
There are various types of fixed platforms, including
Concrete Gravity Platforms, Jacket Platforms,
Guyed Towers, and JACK-UP RIGs. Since taking
the dominant position in the drill ship market, Samsung
Heavy Industries has been expanding its presence in the
offshore plant market, winning orders for platforms from
the world¡¯s major oil companies.
SHI has fortified its reputation in the global offshore
platform market by successfully delivering two units
of the world¡¯s largest offshore platforms to Sakhalin Energy
Investment Company of Russia in 2006 and 2007,
A CPF (Central Processing Facility), which Samsung
Heavy Industries will build for INPEX, a Japanese
Australian resource developer, is a floating offshore
production unit where gases are produced from oil fields
and processed at offshore sites.
As the world¡¯s largest facility of its kind, with a width
and length of 110m, respectively, and a total weight of
100,000tons, the CPF will be registered in the Guinness
Following the development of the world¡¯s first LNG-FPSO,
Samsung Heavy Industries is writing a new chapter in the
history of offshore gas plants by winning an order for the
world¡¯s largest CPF.
Samsung Heavy Industries built SaiBOS FDS,
the multi-purpose FDS, in November 2000, a first in Korea.
With its excellent Dynamic Positioning and lowest levels of
noises and vibrations, SaiBOS FDS proves the excellence
of Samsung Heavy Industries in advanced special ships.
Saipem FDS, for which the order was placed in June 2008,
can navigate at 13 knots, and is capable of exploration
and mining up to 3,000 m deep.
Samsung Heavy Industries received an order for a wind
turbine installation vessel in October 2010. The vessel
is capable of transporting and installing 12 units of
3.6 MW-class wind power generators simultaneously,
and can install one generator every 36 hours,
even in harsh conditions like wind velocity of 20 m/s and
waves of 2.5 m.
The vessel is fixed to the sea bottom with six pillars, and
the body of the vessel is lifted into the air with 10 m
distance between the sea surface and the vessel.
This structure minimizes the impact of waves and wind,
and maximizes accuracy and speed in installation.
A jack-up rig is a drilling facility used to develop oil fields
in the continental shelves. This facility fixes jack-up legs
of the ship at the sea bottom, and makes the ship float
on the sea surface for drilling. As the facility is
capable of drilling without being affected by waves and
currents, it is used in spots that are relatively shallow,
yet have high waves.
Samsung Heavy Industries builds a large facility with
a drilling capacity up to 10km deep in waters with a
depth of up to 150m, and will be a high-performance
facility built to cope with conditions in the North Sea
of Norway, with its rough waves and the cold
temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius.