Keppel Shipyard books contracts worth US$64 million

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JUNE 28, 2017 — Singapore headquartered Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) says that its Keppel Shipyard subsidiary has won four contracts worth a total of S$85 million (about US$64 million) for the conversion, repair and modification of vessels.

The first contract is from Dixstone Holdings Ltd, for the conversion of the M/T Tempera into an FPSO.

Keppel Shipyard’s job scope includes the installation of topside process skids as well as a new accommodations module, amongst others. Work is expected to commence in third quarter 2017 and on its expected delivery in third quarter 2018, the FPSO will be deployed to the Yombo field operated by Perenco off the Republic of Congo, Africa. It will replace the FPSO Conkouati which has served the field for more than 25 years and was also converted by Keppel Shipyard in 1991.

Under the second contract, Keppel Shipyard will carry out repair work for the life extension and conversion of an oil tanker into an FPSO, MTC Ledang, for new customer, MTC Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Work by the shipyard includes the fabrication of a flare tower and foundation; the lifting and integration of the crude stabilisation unit, as well as other refurbishment works. On its completion in third quartrer 2017, the FPSO will be deployed to the Ophir Field, offshore Peninsular Malaysia.

The third contract, from Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis), is for the conversion of a semisubmersible heavy lift vessel, Finesse, to a crane vessel. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000 tonne crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) capabilities, as well as accommodations for up to 150 people. The vessel, which is already berthed at Keppel Shipyard, will also be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations upon its completion in third quarter 2017.

For the fourth contract, Keppel Shipyard will carry out major refurbishment for an Exmar Ship Management managed gas carrier, LNG Lerici. Work on the vessel has commenced and is expected to be completed in first quarter 2018.

Mr Chor How Jat, Managing Director (Conversions and Repair), Keppel O&M and Managing Director, Keppel Shipyard, said, “Despite the current challenging market conditions, we continue to receive a regular stream of conversion, repair and modification work from both new and long-standing clients. There remain opportunities in a variety of segments in the offshore and marine market and we are proud to be the industry’s preferred shipyard. These four contracts bear testament to our strong expertise in the conversion, upgrading and repair works for FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessels, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) tankers, as well as heavy lift vessels.”

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