Keppel Shipyard announced today it will be converting a newly-built, 600,000 bbl ice-class FPSO for Bumi Armada as part of the FSPO Armada Kraken project which was announced near the end of December 2013.
The FPSO will be moored by a buoy turret mooring system with a fluid transfer system designed to 390 bars pressure. A total of 16 risers will be connected to the buoy turret mooring; the turret will be one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) at Keppel O&M notes, “we are seeing an increasing demand for more sophisticated FPSOs which can operate in harsher environments, more challenging and deeper oil and gas fields.”
The FPSO is scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2015 and when completed, it will be capable of producing the heavy-oil (API degree 14) in the Kraken field, UK sector of the North Sea, over a period of 25 years. In addition, the vessel will be 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 standard cubic feet (MMscf) of gas handling.
Keppel Shipyard’s work scope for this FPSO project includes refurbishment and life extension works, upgrading of living quarters to accommodate 90 personnel, installation of an internal turret mooring system as well as the installation and integration of topside process modules.