1st Edition

Offshore Floating Production Legal and Commercial Risk Management

Edited By Max Lemanski, Simon Moore, Stuart Beadnall Copyright 2023
    308 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    308 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Informa Law from Routledge

    This is the first book to focus on the law and practice relating to offshore oil and gas floating production. It deals with all legal and commercial risk management issues from initial concept through design, construction, modification, installation, acceptance, production and offloading, including ancillary legal topics; JV/consortiums, financing, insurance, decommissioning and intellectual property.

    Floating production projects are a popular method of achieving offshore oil and gas production, utilising vessels sitting over the offshore reservoir, receiving well fluids which are then processed, stored and offloaded to tankers. They operate in deep water, harsh conditions and marginal fields, and may be redeployed once the reservoir is depleted. There are numerous legal issues which arise in the context of floating production due to its specific characteristics, presenting a unique combination of challenges with the attendant risks and potential liabilities. This book analyses these risks and liabilities and considers how they may be allocated between the parties, how the consequences are avoided or mitigated and how disputes are in practice resolved. It illustrates these issues and competing legal arguments by focusing on each stage of the relationship between the oil and gas company and a specialist floating production contractor.

    The book will be of special interest to project managers and in-house lawyers at oil companies, offshore contractors, design consultants, construction companies, suppliers, vessel operators, banks, insurers and investors. It will also be of particular use to private practice lawyers in all jurisdictions where these projects occur; because contracts used in this industry are often written under English law,and contracts which are governed by local law follow a similar pattern.

    TABLE OF CASES

    TABLE OF LEGISLATION

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

    CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO FLOATING PRODUCTION

    CHAPTER 2 FPSO DESIGN

    CHAPTER 3 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

    CHAPTER 4 CONVERSIONS, REFURBISHMENT AND MODIFICATION

    CHAPTER 5 THE CHARTER PERIOD

    CHAPTER 6 CONTRACTOR REMUNERATION

    CHAPTER 7 FPSO OFFLOADING

    CHAPTER 8 INDEMNITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY CLAUSES

    CHAPTER 9 INSURANCE

    CHAPTER 10 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

    CHAPTER 11 TERMINATION

    CHAPTER 12 DECOMMISSIONING

    CHAPTER 13 DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    APPENDIX A - FLOATING PRODUCTION UNITS – HISTORY, DESIGN, INSTALLATION AND OPERATION

    APPENDIX B – FPSO CASE STUDY

    APPENDIX C – LEGAL GLOSSARY

    Biography

    Stuart Beadnall is one of the UK's leading legal experts in the offshore oil and gas industry. His experience includes construction, installation and operation of fixed and floating platforms, LNG charters, drilling contracts and offtake agreements. He has worked on over 70 floating production projects, including innovative FPSOs whilst working at BHP Petroleum, and as a partner at Stephenson Harwood, new developments in the North Sea, West Africa, Brazil, Indonesia and Australia, including FLNG.

    Simon Moore is a leading specialist in offshore energy law. He has extensive experience of offshore floating production projects worldwide. Simon has also advised on numerous high value arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ad hoc) arising out of construction and conversion projects for FPSOs and is a specialist in handling disputes concerning design risk, delay, disruption, force majeure, indemnities and performance warranties.

    Max Lemanski is a partner at Stephenson Harwood, specialising in shipping and offshore energy. He co-leads the firm's market-leading FPSO team advising on floating production projects all around the world. In disputes, his cases include complex, high-value FPSO claims in the English High Court and LMAA, ICC and LCIA arbitrations concerning detailed technical analysis, variations, delay and prolongation, hire adjustment clauses, production problems and termination. He is also an expert in the decarbonisation of the offshore energy sector.