Keppel Launches FPSO Armada Claire
Malaysia-based international oil and gas offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada Berhad, has launched its Floating Production, Supply and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, the Armada Claire.
The successful conversion and refurbishment of the Armada Claire was completed at the Keppel Shipyard located in Tuas, Singapore. The Armada Claire took over 5 million man hours to complete with zero loss time injuries (LTIs).
This is the first time that Bumi Armada is utilizing a disconnectable turret design on its vessels, which will allow the turret to be disconnected and the vessel moved to safer water in the event of severe weather conditions.
It is also Bumi Armada’s first foray into Australia and the first time Bumi Armada has converted and operated a vessel under the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) regulations.
Contract to supply and operate the FPSO was signed by Bumi and Apache in September 2011 and is for an initial four years fixed term time charter with an option of a further four year annual extension period thereafter. The contract is valued at approximately $437 million.
FPSO Armada Claire, owned by Bumi Armada, will operate in block WA-49-L of the Balnaves Field, north-west Australia which is owned and operated by Apache Energy Ltd (Apache).
bumiarmada, February 11, 2014