Keppel scores SBM Offshore FPSO conversion contract

Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured an FPSO conversion contract from Dutch firm SBM Offshore.

Keppel will convert a VLCC tanker into an FPSO, which will then be deployed to the Liza field, offshore Guyana. Work scope for the project includes refurbishment and life extension works including the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems and the installation of topside modules.

Chor How Jat, managing director of Keppel Shipyard, commented: “We are pleased to undertake the conversion of this FPSO, which is our 25th major project from SBM Offshore. It is testament to Keppel’s expertise in FPSO conversions and the strong partnership we have developed with SBM Offshore since Keppel Shipyard’s first delivery in 1981.”

The FPSO will have a storage capacity of 1.6m barrels of crude oil and be capable of producing 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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