PHOTOS: Keppel Corp Giant FPSO Almost Ready

Published at 10:40AM - 28/10/16

Keppel Shipyard is getting ready to delivery one of the world’s largest floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, to operate offshore Angola.

The vessel, named FPSO Armada Olombendo earlier this month, will be delivered by Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary to Bumi Armada and is expected to start up operations in the beginning of 2017, at the Cabaça oil field.

“Armada Olombendo FPSO is one of Bumi Armada’s great achievements as this is the largest FPSO project undertaken by the company and incorporates both the highest oil production capacity to date and one of the largest external turrets used offshore,” Bumi Armada CEO Leon Harland, said.

PHOTOS: Keppel Corp Giant FPSO Almost Ready

The Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) tanker was converted into an FPSO with a design life of 20 years, to be deployed in block 15/06, at the Eni Angola-operated East Hub Field Development.

“The conversion of the VLCC tanker to FPSO Armada Olombendo is the 16th conversion project that Keppel has executed for Bumi Armada and we are glad to have built a strong win-win partnership with our long-standing client,” Keppel Offshore & Marine Managing Director of Marine & Technology, Michael Chia, said.

PHOTOS: Keppel Corp Giant FPSO Almost Ready
Illustration of the Armada Olombendo FPSO (ABB)

“We have recently also delivered a liquefied natural gas (LNG)floating storage unit (FSU) as well as a North-Sea worthy FPSO to Bumi Armada, their first such projects,” the executive added.

FPSO Armada Olombendo to Produce 80,000 bpd

Under the contract, Keppel Shipyard was in charge of refurbishment and life extension works, the upgrade of the living quarters to accommodate 100 personnel, as well as the fabrication and installation of an external turret mooring system and topside process modules.

When complete, the Armada Olombendo will be able to handle a crude oil production capacity to 80,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), 120,000 bpd of water injection and 120 million cubic feet of gas handling.

As well as this, the vessel boasts a net storage capacity for 1.7 million barrels.

“With the current low oil price environment, it is a testament to Bumi Armada’s strong operational excellence that their FPSOs continue to receive good charters,” Michael Chia said.

PHOTOS: Keppel Corp Giant FPSO Almost Ready
Electrical house installed on the Armada Olombendo FPSO (ABB)