North Sea FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) unit Armada Kraken is now on track to be delivered to Bumi Armada before it starts operating in the North Sea, Keppel Shipyard announced.
Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Keppel Shipyard disclosed on Sunday the completion of the harsh-environment unit designed to operate in the North Sea for 25 years without dry-docking.
“We are happy to be entrusted by our long-standing client Bumi Armada, to deliver its first FPSO unit to operate in the North Sea. The Armada Kraken project has further strengthened our track record in converting sophisticated FPSOs that are designed to operate under harsh-environment conditions,” Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Managing Director Michael Chia, said.
North Sea FPSO Operations On Track
Keppel Shipyard’s work scope for the Armada Kraken project includes refurbishment and life extension works, the upgrade of the living quarters to accommodate 90 personnel, the installation of an internal turret mooring system and the installation and integration of topside process modules.
Kraken is one of the biggest heavy oil projects in the UK sector of the North Sea, operated by EnQuest.
“Armada Kraken marks Bumi Armada’s entry into the North Sea and it underscores our commitment to deliver a high quality bespoke FPSO, that is designed to meet the challenges posed by the North Sea’s harsh environment using proven technology, and incorporates a number of unique features to ensure a safe, reliable and economical operation,” Bumi Armada Chief Executive Offshore, Leon Harland, said.
FPSO Armada Kraken Starts Production in Q4-2016
Earlier this year, Bumi Armada said the FPSO should leave the Singapore yard during the third quarter and initial production at the Kraken field was estimated to begin in November 2016.
The Armada Kraken FPSO is able to handle a peak fluid rate of 460,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 80,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), 275,000 bpd of water injection, 20 million cubic feet of gas handling and has a storage capacity of 600,000 barrels.
“The FPSO is built in compliance with the strict regulatory guidelines as defined by the UK Health and Safety Executive and Department of Energy & Climate Change regulations and is classed by DNV GL,” he added.