Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU)
Definition - What does Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) mean?
A Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) is a portable structure that can be reused in offshore well production. Structures such as a jackup drilling rig or a FPSO, i.e., floating production storage and offloading units are commonly referred to as Mobile Offshore Production Units. Being portable, a MOPU is a far more feasible and inexpensive oil producing unit for the offshore locations. It is an efficient unit that does the same work as the conventional permanent platforms.
Petropedia explains Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU)
Offshore well locations require permanent or floating drilling rigs before production commences. In offshore well production, drilling and production structures are installed, and the temporary structures that can be used anywhere are Mobile Offshore Production Units. Few offshore production platforms such as FSO, which stands for Floating Storage and Offloading, contain only storage vessels. There are other offshore platforms such as FDPSO and FPSO which are complete units, responsible for drilling, production, storage and offloading. However, an MOPU like a jackup drilling rig only produces oil and natural gas.