Curtis Lohr retired from Shell in May 2017 after serving as Project Director for the ultra-deepwater Stones FPSO development in the Gulf of Mexico. Stones achieved world-class safety performance during project execution, starting production in September 2016, and is the world’s deepest floating production system (9500 ft water depth). He was employed by Shell for over 34 years beginning his career in deepwater pipeline research, mooring system design, and field development planning. He held leading project management roles on several key frontier deepwater projects including the Auger TLP, Bonga FPSO and Perdido Spar. As an experienced project manager, his strengths include team building and safety leadership. Curtis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.
Out of a global total of 28 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels that are under construction, 22 are being built at shipyards in China, South Korea and Singapore that are heavily affected by COVID-19. If the epidemic escalates, the delays could increase to nine or even 12 months, especially taking into account the restricted time windows for heavy transport, installation and hook-up. The average development time for an FPSO is 36 months, meaning that companies could face a 30% delay.
When it comes to project execution, oil companies and FPSO contractors can sometimes approach it quite differently. With the many projects coming online, it is crucial that both parties find common ground with each other and also work with every vendor across the supply chain.
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