Keppel nears delivery of block 15/06 FPSO

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE Keppel Shipyard Ltd. says it is on track to deliver what it claims is one of the world’s largest FPSO vessels to Bumi Armada Berhad for operations offshore Angola.

The naming ceremony of the FPSO Armada Olombendo was held earlier this month.

Keppel Shipyard converted a very large crude carrier tanker to an FPSO which measures 382 m (1,253 ft) in length with the external turret and 58 m (190 ft) in width. The work scope included refurbishment and life extension works, upgrading of living quarters to accommodate 100 personnel, fabrication and installation of an external turret mooring system as well as the fabrication, installation, and integration of topsides process modules.

The FPSO Armada Olombendo has a design life of 20 years and will be deployed at the Eni Angola-operated block 15/06 East Hub field development.

The FPSO is able to handle crude oil production capacity of 80,000 b/d, 120,000 b/d of water injection, 120 MMscf of gas handling, and has a net storage capacity of 1.7 MMbbl.

Michael Chia, managing director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M, said: “The conversion of the VLCC tanker to FPSO Armada Olombendo is the 16th conversion project that Keppel has executed for Bumi Armada and we are glad to have built a strong win-win partnership with our long-standing client.”

Leon Harland, CEO of Bumi Armada, added: “Armada Olombendo FPSO is one of Bumi Armada’s great achievements as this is the largest FPSO project undertaken by the company and incorporates both the highest oil production capacity to date and one of the largest external turrets used offshore.”


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