Keppel Shipyard Limited has set another safety milestone with more than 11 million man-hours worked without lost-time incidents (LTI) on two FPSO facilities converted for Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM) and Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited for the Kizomba C project in Angola.
FPSO Saxi Batuque, which was named March 9, achieved six-million man-hours without LTI, while FPSO Mondo which was delivered in September last year, attained five million. The successful completion of these FPSOs is the culmination of seven years of safety partnership involving Keppel Shipyard, SBM and ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobil's contribution to Keppel's safety efforts goes far beyond the projects they work on. The oil major has been actively involved in the promotion of safety programmes at Keppel Shipyard throughout the seven-year period. ExxonMobil and SBM also play an important role in Keppel Shipyard's Safety Steering Committee.
The delivery of Saxi Batuque will mark a new phase in ExxonMobil's strategic safety partnership with Keppel Shipyard to achieve its Safety Excellence 2010 plan. The programme will establish a roadmap for additional safety improvements, to ensure that results are sustainable and can continue to grow in the future.
Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine said at the naming ceremony yesterday, "The safety records of the SBM and ExxonMobil fleet of FPSO conversions exemplify the efforts we have taken through the years to foster a safety culture at Keppel Shipyard.
"We will continue to strive towards an incident-free environment with the support from our partners and the commitment of our workforce. I believe that the Safety Excellence 2010 initiative will bring us closer to our goal."
Keppel Shipyard's Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) has consistently been maintained at below industry levels since 2001. Its AFR of 0.24 accidents per million man-hours worked is a marked improvement from 3.48 AFR in 2001.
At the naming ceremony of Saxi Batuque, Michael Flynn, Vice-President, ExxonMobil Development Company said "The successes achieved on the Mondo and Saxi Batuque FPSOs are a direct result of the dedication of the entire team to our shared vision of 'Nobody Gets Hurt'. Safety and execution excellence require strong leadership skills and alignment to allow each company and worker to contribute uniquely to shared goals. SBM and Keppel have demonstrated their commitment by delivering the Kizomba C vessels on time with a safety record far exceeding previous levels. In addition, Keppel is pursuing their new "Safety Excellence 2010" program to help assure excellent performance in the future."
Mr Francis Blanchelande, COO of SBM Offshore said, "We have a long working relationship with Keppel Shipyard that has proven very successful. Each project is always special and I would like to thank the project teams for the excellent work they have put in to complete this vessel with a fantastic safety record."
The vessel was named Saxi Batuque by the Minister of Planning of the Republic of Angola, Mrs Ana Dias Lourenco.
To be deployed in the Saxi Batuque Field, Block 15, offshore Angola as part of the Kizomba C Development Project. FPSO Saxi Batuque will be capable of processing 100,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) with a storage capacity for 1.6 million barrels of oil.
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