Keppel confirms delivery of Madura BD FPSO

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE – Keppel Shipyard Ltd. says it is on track to deliver an FPSO to Armada Madura EPC Ltd., the joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji Group and Bumi Armada Berhad.

The spread-moored FPSO unit was named Karapan Armada Sterling III during a ceremony held earlier this month. It will be deployed to the Madura BD field in Madura Strait East Java, which is operated by Husky-CNOOC Madura Ktd.

This vessel marks the third conversion/upgrading project undertaken for the Shapoorji Pallonji and Bumi Armada joint venture to-date, with the previous being Armada Sterling and Armada Sterling II.

Leon Harland, CEO of Bumi Armada, said: “The Armada Sterling III FPSO is a unique project as it is the world’s first floating facility that has a large sulphur processing plant installed capable of producing molten sulphur. The FPSO is able to process approximately 25 metric tons (28 tons) of sulphur per day.”

Keppel Shipyard said its work scope for the Karapan Armada Sterling III FPSO includes refurbishment and life extension works; upgrading living quarters to accommodate 80 personnel; fabrication and installation of mooring systems; as well as the installation and integration of topsides process modules.

Karapan Armada Sterling III is designed to process 110 MMscf/d of gas and 7,500 bbl of oil condensate. It has a 12-point spread mooring arrangement and has a storage capacity of 370,000 bbl.


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