SMOE And Sembawang Shipyard Complete Topside Facilities For Erha FPSO - One Of The World's Largest FPSOS

Singapore, Sep 14, 2005

SembCorp Industries is pleased to announce that two of its business units, SMOE and Sembawang Shipyard, have jointly completed their portion of the fabrication and integration of the topside facilities on one of the world’s largest Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels, ERHA FPSO, which will be located in the Erha Field offshore Nigeria.  The field is operated by Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation.

The contract, awarded to SMOE in partnership with Sembawang Shipyard by Saipem S.A. on October 11, 2002, was for the fabrication, integration, pre-commissioning and commissioning assistance of 14 modules of FPSO topside facilities weighing 17,000 metric tonnes, and integration of nine modules fabricated by others in Nigeria and Malaysia.  The total integrated weight is approximately 30,000 metric tonnes and the flare structure towers at 115 meters high. 

Designed for the separation of oil, gas and water, ERHA FPSO has a storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels of oil and accommodates up to 100 personnel.  The vessel hull, which was constructed in Korea, measures 285 meters in length, 63 meters in width and 33 meters in depth.

During the construction, the SMOE - Sembawang Shipyard team also achieved their highest safety record for FPSO projects of more than 10 million man-hours without any Lost Time Injury.  

Mr. F.E. Chia, General Manager of SMOE said, “The remarkable safety record was a tremendous achievement attributable to the excellent co-operation and teamwork between our clients, sub-contractors and employees.  Both SMOE and Sembawang Shipyard have well-established and certified Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Management Systems in place.  We thank Saipem S.A. for their confidence and trust in us and we are indeed honoured to be a part of this prestigious ExxonMobil project.”

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About SMOE

SMOE Pte Ltd is the offshore engineering arm of SembCorp Utilities, the wholly owned utilities subsidiary of SembCorp Industries.  A leader in the engineering and construction of offshore platforms and floating facilities for the global oil and gas industry, SMOE’s capability encompasses engineering design, procurement, construction, transportation, installation, offshore hook up and commissioning in the development of:

• Integrated Platforms
• Process Platforms
• Wellhead, Drilling and Riser Platforms
• Utility and Accommodation Platforms
• Compression, Water Injection and Power Generation Modules
• Substructures
• Fabrication and Integration of FPSO Topside Facilities

With extensive project management experience, coupled with innovative engineering design and construction know-how, SMOE has delivered more than 100 projects in its 32 years of history to the world’s major oil and energy companies such as Shell, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Total, Unocal and Marathon Oil.  

SMOE is currently executing its fourth mega FPSO project – a fabrication and integration contract for 32,000 metric tonnes of FPSO topside facilities for ConocoPhillips China and a turnkey contract for a 7,000 metric tonnes Riser Platform for PTT Public Company Ltd of Thailand.
About Sembawang Shipyard

Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned shipyard of SembCorp Marine, the marine engineering arm of SembCorp Industries Ltd.  Sembawang Shipyard has one of the largest integrated ship repair facility in Southeast Asia.  The shipyard's world-class reputation is based on the company's commitment to superior customer service, innovative solutions, quality, and strict Health Safety and Environment standards.

With more than three decades of experience and proven track record in ship repair and offshore conversions, Sembawang Shipyard is the chosen exclusive alliance shipyard for Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (UK), BP Shipping (UK), BHP Billiton (Australia) and Jo Tankers AS (Norway), for the repairs and refits of their fleets in the Far East.  Sembawang Shipyard’s other long-term partners include Alaska Tanker Company (USA), V Ships Group (Monaco), TESMA (Norway), ASP Shipmanagement Group (UK), Northwest Shelf Shipping (Australia), Tecto B.V. (Belgium) and TMT Ltd (Taiwan).

Besides the traditional sectors of tankers and bulkers, Sembawang Shipyard is a recognised specialist in the niche markets of FPSO/FSO conversions, offshore vessels conversions and newbuildings, complex lengthening conversions, passenger ship conversions / refurbishment, chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers, offshore rigs and navy ship repairs.  In addition to major drydocking work for a regular clientele, other significant projects currently undertaken by Sembawang Shipyard include the design and construction of a self-propelled DP2 heavy lift derrick pipelay vessel and the mega FPSO project for ConocoPhilips China, jointly with SMOE.

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