AKTAU, Kazakhstan -- Keppel Kazakhstan LLP has launched transportation barge AKKU1, built for Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Co. N.V. The AKKU1 is the first offshore vessel ever built in Kazakhstan.
AKKU1 is one of four barges Keppel Kazakhstan is building for Agip KCO. It is 92 m long, 30 m wide, and 6 m deep, and is equipped with auto-ballasting to facilitate skid-on/skid-off operations.
Delivery of this barge is expected before year-end. The project was awarded last year at approximately $150 million. It will support the development of the Kashagan oil field.