New FPSO for Perenco named at Keppel shipyard

Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard, is on track to deliver a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to Dixstone holdings, an affiliate of Perenco. 

FPSO La Noumbi, Source: Keppel

Scheduled for delivery in 3Q 2018, it will be deployed to the Yombo field operated by Perenco offshore Congo, Africa, Keppel said in a statement on Thursday.

The FPSO was named La Noumbi at Keppel Shipyard on Thursday. The ceremony was witnessed by Jean-Marc Thysthere Tchicaya, Minister of Hydrocarbons, Republic of the Congo.

Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine said, “We are pleased to be on track to deliver a sixth project to Perenco to their satisfaction.”

Ong added: “This is also our fifth project for the Republic of the Congo and we are proud to have been able to support the development of the nation’s significant oil reserves over the years. In fact, the FPSO Conkouati which La Noumbi will be replacing was first converted by Keppel Shipyard in 1991 and has served the Yombo field for more than 25 years.”

Keppel Shipyard’s work scope on the conversion of the crude oil tanker into an FPSO included the installation and integration of topside process skids, fabrication of a new accommodation module as well as life extension works.

La Noumbi will be capable of producing 12,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), processing 120,000 barrels of water per day and storing 762,062 barrels of oil.

Benoit de la Fouchardiere, CEO of Perenco, said, “The FPSO La Noumbi represents our commitment to enhance production in the Yombo field in the Republic of the Congo. We have partnered Keppel Shipyard because they are the industry leader in such conversions and have continually provided us excellent value and quality that meet our strict requirements. I am confident that La Noumbi will be just as successful as the FPSO Conkouati and serve for another 20 years.”

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