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In August 2009, the Aoka Mizu commenced production operations at the Ettrick field on the UK part of the continental shelf of the North Sea for oil company Nexen. In 2011 the Blackbird field was tied in while the Aoka Mizu remained moored offshore with a short oil production stop of only a week.
The Aoka Mizu is the seventh Bluewater designed, built, owned and operated Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) installation. It has been deployed at the Ettrick and Blackbird fields for Nexen Petroleum UK since August 2009.
The Aoka Mizu is a newly built hull constructed at the Hitachi Zosen shipyard in Ariake (Japan) in 1998 and 1999. The hull is a further development of the FPSO Bleo Holm and FPSO Glas Dowr tanker hulls, and is already adapted to be finished as an FPSO.
The Aoka Mizu hull was towed from Japan via Labuan (Malaysia), where she had been laid up for several years, to the Sembawang yard in Singapore for installation and integration of the topsides oil and gas processing and accommodation modules from 2006 until 2008.
The topside oil and gas processing modules had been constructed in Thailand and towed by barge to Singapore for installation and integration on the vessel’s hull.
The Aoka Mizu is equipped with propulsion power enabling her to sail under her own power from Singapore to Europe. The vessel is also equipped with a Dynamic Positioning (DP) system enabling her to hook-up to the disconnectable turret autonomously.