FSO Ta'Kuntah

  • FSO
  • Conversion
  • 75 m
  • External Turret
  • EPCI
  • Lease
  • O&M
FSO Ta'Kuntah

The FSO Ta'Kuntah was installed as part of the Cantarell Field Development in the Gulf of Mexico in 1998. The field is located in the Bay of Campeche, offshore Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

The FSO is a converted ULCC tanker with a SOFEC external turret mooring system, two flexible risers connected in a lazy-S configuration between the turret and a pipeline end manifold (PLEM) on the seabed, and a unique offloading system. The offloading system allows export tankers to moor either in tandem or side-by-side, both individually and simultaneously. The FSO is designed to handle 800,000 BOPD with no allowance for downtime.

The first FSO in the Gulf of Mexico, the FSO Ta'Kuntah, achieved the first oil in August 1998. MODEC owned and operated the FSO for 15 years. The FSO was purchased by the client in September 2013.

Unit Name
FSO Ta'Kuntah
Cantarell field
Water Depth
75 m (246 ft)
Mooring Type
SOFEC External Turret
Storage Capacity
2,300,000 bbls
Oil Handling
800,000 bopd Inlet
PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion
EPCI + Time Charter
Scope of Work
Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Operation & Maintenance
First Oil
August 1998
Charter Period
September 1998 - September 2013
Current Status