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    Glas Dowr upgrade underway in Cape Town

    Yard News // August 2, 2002
    SA Five Engineering (Pty) Ltd has confirmed that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for the upgrade of the FPSO Glas Dowr.

    The contract was awarded by Bluewater Energy Services BV on behalf of Bluewater UK Ltd. Bluewater will be operating the vessel for PetroSA and partners at the Sable field in the Bredasdorp basin, about 150km southwest of Mossel Bay, after completion of the modifications.

    The upgrade work will include the fabrication, design, bulk procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of a gas compression module (LP, MP, HP), process separation module, gas turbine generator, water cooling system, flare structure and variousmodifications to existing topsides facilities of the FPSO. The work is scheduled for completion in the 4th quarter of 2002.

    Modules will be constructed at a berth in Cape Town Harbour and will involve a significant number of well-established suppliers and sub-contractors.

    Successful completion of the project will help to ensure that Cape Town becomes an established location for similar future projects. It is thought that the increasing viability of the South and West African oil and gas recovery programme could also bringwith it further major construction work.

    The spin off for local suppliers and sub-contractors would be sizeable while providing additional work for local labour, in particular, BEE companies and suppliers.

    When operating the Glas Dowr will have a crew of 40. Twenty- nine of the operations component of that crew were recruited by SA Five Engineering under a separate contract awarded by Bluewater. The vessel will be operating for at least three years on theSable Field with the possibility of extending operations for up to ten years.

    SA Five Engineering is the largest company within the SA Five Group and has previously carried out similar work for the PetroSA FA Platform and the Ocean Producer FPSO owned by Oceaneering. SA Five have focused their efforts on offshore and onshore construction in the oil and gas fields and are South Africa's leading Contractor in this specialised fabrication field.

    Partners in the Sable field include The Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (PetroSA) and Pioneer Natural Resources South Africa (Pty) Limited.

    The Glas Dowr arrived in Cape Town on the 25th of June.

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