Mrs. Jacqueline Phillips, wife of Mr. Bruce Phillips, Managing Director of Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited, named the vessel at a ceremony held today at Keppel Shipyard.
Umuroa's naming comes one month after the naming of Prosafe's other vessel, FPSO Polvo, at Keppel Shipyard. FPSO Polvo is expected to leave the yard later this month for deployment to offshore Brazil in the Polvo Field.
When delivered, Umuroa will be deployed to the Tui Area Development in New Zealand for Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited. Umuroa will have a process capacity to handle 120,000 bfpd, with oil production at 50,000 bopd, gas compression at 25 mmscfd and a storage cap of 770,000 barrels of oil. First oil is expected in the second quarter of 2007.
Umuroa is the eighth FPSO/FSO conversion and upgrading project that Keppel Shipyard has undertaken for Prosafe in the last ten years.
A leading owner and operator of FPSO/FSO vessels, Prosafe has entrusted Keppel Shipyard exclusively to carry out the conversion of all their FPSO and FSO systems.
Mr. Arne Austreid, President and CEO of Prosafe SE, said, "I would like to thank Keppel for delivering yet another high quality FPSO, and for doing a great job in a very busy market. We appreciate the efforts that have been made in order to keep the project manned up at all times. Prosafe will this year convert at least two additional vessels in this shipyard, and will thereby continue and strengthen its longstanding relationship with Keppel."
Mr. Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director of Keppel Shipyard said, "The partnership between Keppel and Prosafe has grown from strength to strength. Through the extensive collaboration of both our companies, we have developed a strong working relationship characterized by open communication, teamwork, flexibility and mutual understanding.
"As Prosafe aspires to grow its fleet to become a preferred provider in the floating production segment, Keppel will certainly be running alongside Prosafe. We are committed to deliver quality projects every time."
Keppel Shipyard is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited through Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M). Keppel O&M is a global leader in offshore rigs and ship conversion and repair as well as a specialized shipbuilder. Combining the expertise and experience of its subsidiaries, Keppel FELS, Keppel Shipyard and Keppel Singmarine, the group's near market, near customer strategy is bolstered by a global network of 17 yards in the Asia Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caspian Sea, Middle East and the North Sea regions. Integrating the experience and expertise of its yards worldwide, Keppel O&M aims to be a provider of choice and a partner in solutions for the offshore and marine industry.
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