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    Keppel Verlome secure Audacia contract from Allseas

    Yard News // December 1, 2005

    Keppel Verolme BV in the Netherlands, part of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd in Singapore, has secured new contracts worth around EUR 67 million (S$134 million) in total from Swiss-based Allseas Group SA and Sevan Production AS.

    Positive market opportunities have resulted in two projects from Allseas. One of the contracts is the conversion of the 2005 Panamax bulk carrier Geeview into a pipelay vessel Audacia capable of operating in ultra-deep water in the range of 3,000m water depth. New engine rooms, thrusters, additional cranes and accommodations are included in the workscope.

    Geeview will arrive at the Keppel Verolme shipyard shortly. The delivery of the completed pipelay vessel is expected in October 2006, after which commissioning will take place.

    Another Allseas’ vessel, Solitaire, the world’s largest and most powerful pipelay vessel, has just left Keppel Verolme after two successful visits to the yard this year. During its first visit, new sponsons were installed at the stern of the vessel. A large 600 tons cantilever was fitted out during the recent visit in November. In addition, winches and tensioners were also installed to upgrade the vessel’s capabilities.

    “We have chosen Keppel Verolme because of the extensive experience and know-how Keppel Verolme has in conversions. The recent successful conversion for Solitaire has demonstrated the strong trust and partnership between the two companies,” said Mr Edward P Heerema, President and owner of Allseas Group.

    Apart from the Allseas projects, Keppel Verolme has also received a contract from Sevan Production AS to carry out the outfitting of the Sevan Stabilized Platform SSP Piranema.

    The SSP Piranema is a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel with oil storage capacity of 300,000 barrels, an oil processing capacity of 30,000 barrels per day and a gas injection capacity of 3.6 million m³ per day.


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