March 24, 2008
Saudi Aramco’s Offshore Crude Loading Platform Back in Service
Oil major Saudi Aramco's Sea Island No-4 offshore crude oil loading facility is back in service after the completion of three capital improvement projects and a scheduled test and inspection.
Saudi Aramco noted that Sea Island No-4 is capable of berthing and loading the world's largest oil tankers. The capital improvements include a new system to automate the monitoring and control of loading. It will also reportedly improve efficiency, minimize contamination and measurement discrepancies.A new fire-water system consisting of six new higher-capacity main pumps and three jockey pumps will enhance firefighting capacity and safety aboard all three Sea Island facilities, according to the company.
The Sea Island No-3 facility has already started the same upgrade projects, and No-2 is scheduled for the upgrade in late-2008.
Both Sea Island No-2 and No-3 are expected to be upgraded in the first quarter of 2009. The projects will reportedly improve reliability and safety, helping the company meet expected increases in worldwide oil demand.