(EnergyAsia, February 20 2014, Thursday) — Oil and gas companies are projected to boost their investment in floating production systems (FPS) to US$99 billion between 2014 and 2018, said UK consultant Douglas Westwood.

This sum represents a 138% increase over the preceding five-year period, according to the consultant’s latest World Floating Production Market Report.
“FPSOs will form the largest segment of the market (80%) both in terms of units installed and forecast capital expenditure (Capex) over the 2014-2018 period,” said author Damilola Odufuwa.

Latin America will account for 29% of the 139 installations forecast and 38%of the projected capital expenditure.

“The FPS sector recovery following the 2008/2009 downturn continues steadily. A total of 54 units were ordered in 2011-2013 compared to 23 units during 2008-2009. There has been little growth in the annual value of installed units over the last four years. However, 2014 is expected to show a significant increase in the value of units deployed,” he said.

“The strong forecast growth is despite the industry still coming to terms with a number of demand-side and supply-side issues. The failure of Brazilian operator OGX in 2013 and the slow-down in overall upstream expenditure in 2014 will impact the market in the near-term.

“Likewise the industry’s record in terms of project execution has been poor, with most projects delivered late and significantly over-budget. Some industry players are now suggesting a new approach is required.

“However, the long-term growth in the sector is underpinned by the continued exploitation of deep waters, marginal fields and fast-track/short term deployments. Deepwater FPS deployments are expected to total $68bn and account for over two-thirds of the total spend.”