WATCH: North Sea FPSO Withstands Hurricane-Force Storm

FPSO Alvheim. Photo courtesy Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
FPSO Alvheim. Photo courtesy Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

It’s that time of year… when hurricane-force storms┬áchurn across the north Atlantic before hitting the North Sea. Yesterday we saw some extreme video of the accommodation platform Borgholm Dolphin, causing some extremely uncomfortable conditions for those onboard.

Today, here is the some video filmed aboard the FPSO Alvheim on January 10th, which is permanently moored at Alvheim field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf west of Heimdal. The storm is likely the same one that hit the Borgholm Dolphin.

Considering the FPSO needs to stay at the offshore field for 25 years, this video just goes to show the importance of good mooring system. The turret moored FPSO Alvheim is equipped with a “Submerged Turret Loading” system by Advanced Production and Loading AS, designed to withstand a 100-year storm and significant wave heights up to 14.6 meters.

According to the uploader, winds from the storm in this video were clocked at about 93 knots with waves up to 20 meters. Check it out: