Keppel to Deliver Record-Breaking FPSO

Published at 08:28AM - 24/10/16

Keppel Offshore & Marine announced it is on track to deliver a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to Armada Madura and Bumi Armada offshore Indonesia, through its subsidiary Keppel Shipyard.

The spread-moored unit was named Karapan Armada Sterling III earlier this month at Keppel Shipyard and will be deployed to the Madura BD field in Madura Strait East Java, offshore Indonesia.

“This is the third conversion/upgrading project that we have undertaken for the Shapoorji Pallonji and Bumi Armada joint venture to date and we are certain that Karapan Armada Sterling III will be as successful as their first two FPSOs, Armada Sterling and Armada Sterling II”, Keppel O&M Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Michael Chia, said.

Keppel to Deliver Record-Breaking FPSO

According to the executive, the contract follows a long partnership with Bumi Armada and involved more than 3 million safe man-hours without any Lost Time Incidents.

Keppel Shipyard’s work scope for the FPSO included refurbishment and life extension works, upgrading living quarters to accommodate 80 personnel, fabrication and installation of mooring systems and the installation and integration of topside process modules, the company explained in a statement.

Keppel to Deliver Record-Breaking FPSO
Keppel Shipyard’s facilities

The FPSO was designed to process 110 million cubic feet per day of scales gas, 7,500 barrels of oil condensate and is equipped with sulphur handling facilities.

As well as this, it has a 12-point spread mooring arrangement and a storage capacity of 370,000 barrels.

First FPSO to Produce Molten Sulphur

“Armada Sterling III FPSO is a unique project as she is the world’s first floating facility that has a large sulphur processing plant installed capable of producing molten sulphur,” Bumi Armada Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Leon Harland, explained.

According to the executive, the FPSO is able to process approximately 25 tonnes of sulphur per day.

“It was a challenge to operate with such high sulphur levels and thanks to the capabilities and collaboration of the teams at BAB and all our partners and contractors, we have completed a fit-for-purpose solution for our client HCML”, he added.

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