FPSO Stybarrow Venture MV16
The Stybarrow field is located in permit WA-255-P(2) in the Exmouth Sub basin, approximately 65 kilometers from Exmouth, off the northwest Australian coast.
The EPCI project included the provision of an FPSO capable of processing 100,000 barrels of liquids per day and a storage capacity in the order of 900,000 barrels. The FPSO is installed in approximately 825 meters water depth.
MODEC owns and provides FPSO operations and maintenance services for the Stybarrow field for an initial 10 year period with the option of one-year extensions for a further 5 years.
The ramp up of oil production on the FPSO Stybarrow Venture MV16 started on November 11, 2007 and achieved full production on December 1, 2007 after fully commissioning the facilities and interference testing in the reservoir.
How exciting is that? Bob gets to go on a plane and then a helicopter and live on a big boat for two days. he is an oil and gas engineer and rapes, pillages and plunders the earth's resources for a living. Actually, I think he designs the instruments that make the gas and oil bits come out of the ground and flow along pipes. Or so he tells me. He departed at 5am this morning and is due home Thursday evening. I do so hate it when he goes offshore.
Well, not a whole lot is going on around here. It is winter and freezing at night. I have had a flu/virus/cold type thing the past three days, with the full-on body aches and lots of sleeping. I managed to get the amended plans into council, as well as the multitude of copies of things I do not understand into the licensing section. I'll probably get a letter sometime down the track telling me they need this, or want that changed, but for now, it's in and I am left with little to do. Everything is organised, both for the home extension and surrogacy.
Back to surrogacy. We are about to wire funds to South Africa - again - for ED - again. Then the pre-IVF testing of our ED begins - again. Ugh, this had better work. This is the very last time we fly in an ED from South Africa. If this messes up and we are - again - left with a failed pregnancy and nothing to freeze it will be Indian ED for us and bugger the potential genetic consequences or health conditions that may, or may not, show up further down the track.
I am seriously thinking of asking the doc to cycle an Indian ED at the same time so we don't have to go through the disappointment of poor fertilisation results and losing all our embies. Surely two donors cycling at once would give us a good shot at having something left to freeze for a subsequent FET.
I am scared, really scared. Scared of trying again, scared of sending money to a company I can't sue if they take the money and run (no indiction of that other than my paranoia, but it did happen with the lawyer in Arkansas when we were pursuing surrogacy in the US). I'm also scared that I may be acting against fate, and that perhaps I am not meant to be a mother. Perhaps God or whichever celestial being one has belief in has decreed that I am not meant to be a mother, and that no amount of hoping, wishing, crying, ranting, raving or spending money on this venture will make me a mother. I know this is all fatalistic nonsense, but when I am awake in the wee hours of the morning, outside blindly gazing across the river to the distant hills of Perth, these are my fears.
But when morning comes, it is a new day and we keep plugging away at making the dream to be a family come true.