FPSO jobs are growing part of the offshore employment sector. As more oil is found all across the globe, we’re seeing more new developments in previously inaccessible places. Without existing pipeline infrastructure in some of these new areas floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) units are becoming more and more important.
FPSO Jobs Outlook
Because FPSOs need good people on board, as more FPSOs are constructed there will be more FPSO jobs created.
Since 2009 a total of ten new FPSOs have been deployed around the world. We think this is a good area for future job growth.
As the global energy demands increase every day there are simply going to be more offshore oil wells created. As we push further and further out into deep water and ultra-deepwater drilling FPSOs are going to be used more frequently.
This presents excellent offshore employment opportunities for two types of people.
One are people with a good marine background who are needed to keep in the FPSOs as a ship in good shape.
The next are people with good offshore oil drilling experience who will manage the production side of things.
And plus, since most FPSOs are built from converting an old oil tanker, it can make it easier to build new ones.
Where are all the FPSO jobs?
FPSOs are best used in hard to reach areas, places without a good infrastructure, or areas of marginal development. This means most FPSO jobs are going to be had in places like Brazil, Asia, West Africa, and even the North Sea.
In fact the majority of the FPSO usage since 2008 has been off the coast of Brazil and Africa.
This is just a generality though. An FPSO could be used anywhere there is offshore oil drilling.
Types of FPSO jobs
Many of the people who work on an FPSO the are going to come from a maritime background. This presents many opportunities for people looking for marine offshore jobs to get involved in this field.
One thing to note is that because FPSOs are ships, there are many different ways they work with the energy companies. For example Bluewater does bareboat chartering on some of their units. This would mean to get hired on their FPSO you would need it to contact the operating company.
In other cases, the FPSO is both operated and designed by a major energy company like Total SA. In that case, Total would either be in charge of the technical hiring, or any of the other subcontractors they would use.
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