Singapore’s Keppel is working to deliver the John Agyekum Kufuor FPSO unit to Yinson. The naming ceremony for the Ghana-bound floating production storage and offloading unit was held on Friday morning, Singapore time.
The FPSO was named by Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, after Ghana’s President Emeritus, John Agyekum Kufuor.
The FPSO, which will shortly set sail from Singapore for Ghana, is 333 meters in length and 60 meters wide. At the peak, circa 3,000 people were involved in its manufacture. The vessel will handle the production of the Sankofa and Gye Nyame fields 60 km off the coast of Ghana.
After the delivery, the FPSO will be chartered by ENI Ghana Exploration & Production to process oil and gas from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block located offshore Ghana. According to Eni, the unit is expected to arrive in Ghana by April 2017.
A total number of 18 subsea wells will be connected to the FPSO. Meanwhile, a 63km pipeline to shore will provide domestic gas supply to Ghana’s thermal power plants for more than 15 years.
Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M, said, “We have a strong track record of customising FPSOs for a wide variety of fields. FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor is our 27th conversion project for Africa, and 125th overall.”
FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor has a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, with an oil processing capacity of 58,000 barrels per day. It has a design life of 20 years without dry docking and can be moored in an average water depth of 1,000m with a total topside weight of almost 15,000 tonnes.
Lim Chern Yuan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yinson, added, “There are opportunities in the FPSO market and we are glad to be able to meet those needs with our FPSO solutions. Our trust and confidence in Keppel extends back to 2014 when we worked together on FPSO Lam Son which has served us excellently since. We are therefore confident that FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor will be a valuable addition to ENI Ghana’s exploration and production activities, strengthening their presence in Africa.”
Keppel Shipyard’s work on the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor included modification work, new equipment installation complete with associated piping, electrical and instrumental systems, as well as installation and integration of the FPSO process topsides.
Eni is the OCTP block’s operator with a 44.44% stake. The other partners are Vitol with 35.56% and GNPC with 20%.
Offshore Energy Today Staff