Keppel wins block 15/06 East Hub floater conversion

Offshore staff

SINGAPOREKeppel Offshore & Marine has won two offshore vessel construction contracts with a combined value of $153 million.

The company’s Keppel Shipyard subsidiary has started work for Bumi Armada to convert an FPSO for Eni’s block 15/06 East Hub project offshore Angola, 350 km (217 mi) northwest of Luanda. The yard will perform refurbishment and life extension works, upgrading of the living quarters to accommodate 100 personnel, and installing and integrating an external turret mooring system and topsides process modules.

The FPSO, which will have a storage capacity of 1.7 MMbbl, will be able to handle up to 80,000 b/d of oil, with 120,000 b/d of water injection and 120 MMcf/d (3.4 MMcm/d) gas handling capacity. Following completion in spring 2016, the vessel will sail to its offshore location.

In China, Keppel Nantong is building its third submersible barge for Smit Shipping. Giant 7, like Giant 5 and Giant 6, which are under construction, it will be deployed for Chevron’s Wheatstone project, 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Onslow off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.

Giant 5 and 6 are expected to be completed at end-2014 and early 2015 respectively, followed by Giant 7 in the second half of 2015.


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