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    Malta Dry Docks wins first FPSO

    News // January 15, 2001
    Malta Dry Docks (MDD) has been awarded a contract by Brovig-RDS of the UK, for the conversion of the tanker Northia into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit for the Isis field off the coast of Tunisia. The contract is the first majoroil and gas industry project to be undertaken by the yard for nearly 20 years.

    MDD will be working with Kvaerner in the UK and Expro of Canada who have designed and built the topsides oil and gas production plant for the FPSO. Poseidon Maritime, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Petromarine Consulting, based in Monaco, will assist with the conversion, which was due to commence on 01 February.

    John Cassar White Chairman of MDD said "This project marks a turning point for MDD, and is immensely important for the future. MDD has beaten off competition from 32 shipyards to win this business so our competitors will be watching our performance withgreat interest".

    Peter Moore Chief Executive said " We are very pleased that Brovig-RDS have placed this contract with us. We successfully convinced them through the biddingprocess that MDD was capable of undertaking this type of work and that it will be executed on time and within budget. This project marks the first success in our new strategic approach to the oil and gas market and is a milestone in the history of MDD".

    The Northia is a former Shell-owned vessel, which has been operating in the North Sea as a shuttle tanker. She was built in 1971 and is 280metres in length with a breadth of 41m and deadweight of 133,500 tonnes.

    The conversion work will take place in Number 6 Dock at MDD and is due to be completed by the end of April.

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