The first project is from SBM Offshore and is to refurbish and upgrade the FPSO Xikomba (pictured here). Work on this FPSO unit is expected to be completed by third quarter 2013.
Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work on FPSO Xikomba comprises life extension, refurbishment and upgrading of existing topside modules and turret mooring system as well as the installation and integration of new topside modules. The FPSO vessel will subsequently proceed to Angola for completion.
Leased by Eni Angola S.p.A for 12 years for the development of Block 15/06, offshore Angola, FPSO Xikomba is jointly owned by SBM Offshore and Sonangol, Angola’s national oil and gas company.
Mr. Bruno Chabas, Chief Executive Officer of SBM Offshore, said, “Long-term business partnerships are key to our performance, our ability to deliver and our ambition in furthering our lead in the FPSO market. We value our proven partnership with Keppel Shipyard. The award of the FPSO Xikomba is another milestone in this deep long-term relationship.”
Keppel Shipyard’s second project is to modify and upgrade Bumi Armada’s FPSO Armada Claire. This includes refurbishment and life extension works as well as installation and integration of topside modules. Work is expected to commence in third quarter 2012, and complete in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Upon completion, FPSO Armada Claire will be deployed in the Balnaves Field, northwest Australia.
Mr. Hassan Basma, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bumi Armada, said, “With the trust and collaboration of committed and capable business partners, we have grown and enhanced our fleet of quality FPSO vessels. The Armada Claire project is our tenth major collaboration with Keppel Shipyard, and we are confident that it will be professionally executed.”
April 4, 2012