July 21, 2009
FPSO nears completion at Keppel
Singapore's Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is close to completing the conversion of FPSO Armada Perdana for repeat customer Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada) of Malaysia. A naming ceremony was held at the yard last week prior to the deployment of the converted tanker in the Oyo field, 70 km off the coast of Nigeria. The vessel is expected to deliver first oil in fourth quarter 2009.
The vessel, which arrived in May last year, underwent fabrication, installation and integration of a 12-point spread mooring system, riser balcony, topside facilities and upgrade of accommodation and auxiliary support systems.
It now has a storage capacity of one million barrels of oil with water and gas injection capabilities included in its topside. It is also capable of processing 45,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).
Keppel Shipyard's affiliation with Bumi Armada goes back into the last decade when it first converted the FPSO Armada Perkasa in 1997 for operation in the PM3 Field, Malaysia. It was recently upgraded further in 2007 for deployment in the Okoro Setu Field, Nigeria.