Keppel builds backlog

Keppel Offshore & Marine's Keppel Shipyard has inked a fabrication contract with SOFEC for an external turret mooring system for an FPSO to be installed at the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) project offshore Ghana.

McculleyRussell McCulley • Houston

Keppel Offshore & Marine's Keppel Shipyard has inked a fabrication contract with SOFEC for an external turret mooring system for an FPSO to be installed at theTweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) project offshore Ghana. The turret is scheduled for delivery in 1Q 2015 and will be installed in water depths of about 1,500 m (4,921 ft).

Keppel Singmarine, meanwhile, has secured orders from Bumi Armada Offshore Holdings for two ice-class supplyvessels and an ice-class multi-purpose rescue vessel. Slated for completion in 2015, the vessels will support platforms at the Filanovsky field in the northern part of the Caspian Sea. And Keppel's Nantong Shipyard subsidiary in China won a contract with KSP Towage for the construction of two tugs, scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2014 and chartered for deployment in Malaysia. The combined value of the contracts is about $111 million.

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Ulstein entered the oceangoing tug market with a contract with Japan's Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair. The company will provide design and equipment packages for four SX157 design tugs to be built for Holland's ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will have fuel capacity to tow at full power for 45 days, and will be equipped with DP2 and anchor handling capacity to assist with installation and hookup of towed structures, like the FPSO pictured in the accompanying illustration. ALP Maritime, a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners, will take delivery in 4Q 2015 and 1Q 2016. (Rendering courtesy ALP Maritime Services/Fire Grader)

New liftboat for All Coast fleet

Gulf of Mexico liftboat operator All Coast has hired US fabricator Semco Marine Engineering & Construction to build a new liftboat with 250-ft (76-m) legs. The vessel, to be named Great White, will be equipped with two 175-ton leg-mounted cranes and accommodations for a crew of 50. Delivery is scheduled for 2Q 2015.

Catcher FPSO charter goes to BW Offshore

BW Offshore has signed a letter of award with Premier Oil to supply an FPSO for the Catcher field in theUK North Sea. The charter, which requires government approval, is for a firm seven years with option to extend. BW Offshore placed the contract value at $2.3 billion, based on a 10-year field life. The FPSO will have a processing capacity of 60,000 b/d of oil and storage for 650,000 bbl. Premier is targeting mid-2017 for first production from the Catcher development.

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Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of theMaersk Intrepid, the company's first ultra-harsh environment jackup. The rig, built at the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore, will be deployed to Total's Martin Linge field offshore Norway. Intrepid is the first of four high-specification, harsh environment jackups for Maersk; Keppel FELS will deliver two more units this year and next, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea will deliver the fourth jackup in 2016. The XL Enhanced rigs have 206.8-m (678-ft) legs and are designed to operate in North Sea waters up to 150 m (492 ft) deep. (Photo courtesy Maersk Drilling)

Seadrill jackups line up new jobs

Seadrill announced a round of new contracts for its jackup fleet and a four-month extension for theWest Mischief rig, which is working for Eni offshore Congo. Eni also signed a 12-month contract for the West Ariel, with a 12-month extension option. The rig will be mobilized from Vietnam to Congo. Three other rigs currently on location in Vietnam received new charters: the West Tucana, which will go to work in Angola for Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. later this year under a two-year contract; the West Telesto, which will be mobilized to Australia to drill two to four wells for Origin Energy; and the West Prospero which will remain in Vietnam to drill a well for JVPC. Seadrill said the total value of the contracts could be as much as $319 million.

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