Keppel shipyard bags Van Oord dredging contract

Keppel Shipyard. Credit: Keppel Shipyard
Keppel Shipyard. Credit: Keppel Shipyard

Singapore-based shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured two contracts worth USD130 million, one for the construction of a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for Van Oord, and the other for the fast track modification and upgrading of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO).

The scope of the contract includes refurbishment and life-extension works, fabrication, and installation of a new riser balcony, spread mooring system, and helideck, as well as modification of the vessel’s topsides and marine systems.

The contract between Keppel and Van Oord is in addition to two similar dredgers ordered in May 2018. Each of the three has a hopper capacity of approximately 10,500 m3 and measures 138 m in length and 28 m across the beam, said Van Oord in its latest release.

The vessels will each be equipped with a suction pipe with submerged e-driven dredge pump, two shore-discharge dredge pumps, five bottom doors, a total installed power of 14,500 kW, and will accommodate 22 persons.

The first two vessels will be delivered in 2021 and the third in 2022.

The TSHDs will also be equipped with climate control systems, which will utilize existing cooling and heating sources to recycle energy, as well as automation systems that send production data to the shore support centre for processing.

The vessels will be LNG-ready, and built to the requirements of classification society Bureau Veritas (BV). The dredgers will thus also be certified with the BV Green Passport and Clean Ship notations.

The second contract, between Keppel Shipyard and Yinson Nepeta Production, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yinson Production, is for the fast-track modification and upgrading of FPSO Allan.

Eirik Barclay, CEO of Yinson Offshore Production, said, “We have chosen to partner with Keppel Shipyard for this fast-track upgrade project just as the market is showing a positive trend with an increasing number of both project awards and tenders.”

The project for Yinson is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2019 with delivery expected in the first quarter of 2020.

Upon completion, the FPSO will have a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of oil and a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day. It will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria, for First Exploration and Petroleum Development.