Keppel Shipyard wins FPSO conversion contract

Emas Offshore Construction and Production has awarded Keppel Shipyard a contract for the conversion of a Suezmax tanker into an FPSO.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Emas Offshore Construction and Production has awarded Keppel Shipyard a contract for the conversion of a Suezmax tanker into an FPSO.

Upon completion in 1Q 2011, the FPSO will be able to produce up to 50,000 b/d of oil and store about 680,000 bbl of oil. The converted FPSO unit will be leased to Premier Oil Vietnam Offshore for the development of the Chim Sao field, offshore southeastern Vietnam.

The major scope of work for the conversion includes refurbishment and life extension works; accommodation upgrade; fabrication and installation of topside modules and turret mooring system, flare tower, helideck and pipe racks; tank coating work; structural steel additions and new piping systems. It will also feature an internal turret designed by London Marine Consultants (LMC).

Keppel Shipyard has also secured a job to complete the derrick laybarge NorCE Endeavour for NorCE Offshore.

The contract covers equipment installation, furnishing of a new 284-man accommodation block, fabrication and installation of outfitting steel, painting works, as well as commissioning assistance.

Expected to be completed in 2Q 2010, the 146-m (479-ft) barge will incorporate a 1,100-metric ton (1,213-ton) ringer crane and advanced pipelay equipment.

Additionally, Keppel FELS has won a job from Transocean to repair and perform life extension works on the semisubMG Hulme Jr.

Work on the rig is expected to begin in 1Q 2010 when the vessel arrives from West Africa. The scope involves the refurbishment of existing accommodation, installation of a new accommodation block and helideck, various machinery overhauls, and inspections.

The vessel will be deployed to operate off Libya for Gazprom with delivery expected in 2Q 2010.

12/10/2009

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