In its latest quarterly Floating Production Systems Report, Energy Maritime Associates (EMA) reviews the market for Floating Production Systems, including:
• 296 Production Units and 107 FSOs in operation
• 7 Major awards in 2020: 3 FPSOs, 3 FSRUs and 1 MOPU
• 14 Deliveries scheduled for 2021
• 53 Production units, including 42 FPS, 8 FSOs and 5 MOPUs on order
• 202 Projects in pipeline – up two from last quarter
2020 saw a record low number of awards due to the oil price crash and COVID-19 impacts. The year was off to a strong start with seven awards in the first two months of 2020, but this came to a sudden half with crashing oil prices in March.
Results compiled from our recent Global Industry Sentiment Survey confirm that after four years of steady improvement, COVID-19 and an oil price collapse darkened the global FPS industry sentiment in 2020. However, the expectation is for a more rapid rebound than the last cycle, with many companies still managing record backlogs.
The floating production market remains the brightest spot in the offshore industry today, including growing excitement in the nascent floating wind sector. Offshore development costs remain low, fueled by excess drilling and subsea capacity. However, field operators are under increasing scrutiny from investors to balance capital investment, returns, and ESG issues. Activity levels are expected to improve in 2021-2022, but at a measured pace as operators and contractors keep close watch on spending, resources, and execution risk.
For the seventh year in a row, the price of oil was identified as the greatest obstacle to offshore project growth. This year, the impact was extreme, as 28% of respondents cited oil price, up from 19%.
New Report Contains Results of 8th Annual Global Industry Sentiment Survey.
In its latest quarterly Floating Production Systems Report, Energy Maritime Associates (EMA) reviews the market for Floating Production Systems and discusses the results of the 8th Annual Global Industry Sentiment Survey.