KBR Completes Fabrication Phase of Sea Eagle FPSO

Kellogg Brown & Root has completed the fabrication, integration and onshore commissioning phase of the EPIC contract for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the "Sea Eagle", for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). Onshore commissioning is complete and the FPSO vessel departed from Singapore August 3rd en route to Nigeria. It will then be moored to a Soft Yoke Mooring Platform (SYMP) installed at the EA site earlier this year, ready for offshore hook-up and commissioning. This significant milestone highlights an excellent safety record, covering fabrication and integration work completed in Nigeria, Singapore, Dubai and the UAE, of approximately 4 million man-hours with only one lost time incident for KBR's scope of work. The demanding schedule of 20 months from start of topsides fabrication to sailaway of an integrated FPSO topsides and hull, in an extremely advanced stage of completion, has been a major accomplishment.

KBR's scope of work is a 33 month project, which includes engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) of the first offshore oil and gas facility commissioned by SPDC. Valued at approximately US$350 million, the contract is one of the largest FPSO vessels built in recent years.

The engineering, project management and procurement for the project was started in KBR's Leatherhead, England office and moved to the Singapore office for completion of detailed design, procurement and Project Management. Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea completed the vessel hull under a separate contract with SPDC. In parallel with the hull construction, topsides modules were fabricated at Sembawang's fabrication yard in Singapore under contract to KBR. Steel cutting began end November 2000.

When the hull was complete in Korea (November 2001), KBR towed the vessel to the module fabrication site in Singapore and integrated the topsides modules with the hull systems. All topsides and hull systems were as fully commissioned as possible in Singapore.

In tandem with this operation, the SYMP was completed by Single Buoy Moorings (SBM) on an EPC sub-contract basis to KBR. The SYMP components were fabricated in Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates and were installed offshore Nigeria in March 2002.

"This is a significant achievement for KBR. This adds to our extensive track record of successfully delivering FPSOs to our clients," said Randy Harl, KBR's president and chief executive officer. "I am also proud of the safety achievements on this project, where KBR, our subcontractors and Shell have worked to an aggressive and effective health, safety and environmental program."

Following successful commissioning and start-up, the facility will be handed over to the Shell Operations Group, at which time a two-year maintenance support period will begin.