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Compiled from press releases by PetroSA   The Orca Floating Production and Storage Facility now off our coastline for the past 2 years   has become a part of our everyday landscape. The 44-year-old Orca Facility has been in the employ of PetroSA and its predecessor, Soekor, since the 1980’s. The 44-year old Orca was originally a drilling rig that underwent conversion into a floating production platform in 1997. It has been used by PetroSA since 2008 to produce oil from the Oribi/Oryx oil fields, located in Block 9, situated 150km offshore from Mossel Bay. The Orca has produced 46,800,181 barrels of crude oil so far. In September of 2014, due to low global crude oil prices, then below $100 per barrel, currently just below $60 per barrel, plus delays in putting the Orca back into production with cost over-runs while being refurbished, it was decided to suspend operations. The Orca was no longer a commercially viable facility. The fields have remain shut-in, preserved, while PetroSA still retains the production rights. The laying-off of the rig and the suspension of oil production activities the will be for an undetermined period whilst the company lookings at various options for its utilisation. The Orca arrived in our bay on June the 8th 2015 and has been our companion ever since. While Petro SA looks at suitable utilisation options, it will be laid-up in the bay, fully maintained to ensure compliance with legislation and applicable rules. If anyone would like to share any suggestions or information with us regarding the facility’s future we would love to hear from you.  

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