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N-KOM welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard

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Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has announced that it has recently received its first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.

According to the statement, the FSRU, which is owned by Excelerate Energy (USA), will undergo dry-docking, maintenance and upgrades at the facility.

During dry-docking, Nakilat claims that the vessel will undergo a number of modifications and retrofitting of new systems, including the installation of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS). To date, the company has completed six BWTS installations for a variety of vessel types, including very large crude carriers, as well as LNG and LPG vessels.

Nakilat Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al Sulaiti said: “We are proud to be entrusted with this repair project from our partner Excelerate Energy (USA), which is made even more significant since it is the first FSRU to be repaired at our shipyard. This goes to show the remarkable progress the shipyard has made since it first began operations in 2011 to where it is today – a centre of excellence for marine repairs and offshore fabrication that has safely and reliably delivered more than 880 projects to clients worldwide.”

Excelerate Energy’s Managing Director Steven Kobos added: “Over the past months, we have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with Nakilat and this is today strengthened by the award of the FSRU repair project to their world class shipyard, prior to its deployment in Bangladesh. We look forward to the growing partnership between both companies and the successful delivery of the project.”

In the statement, Nakilat claims that, earlier last week, the company’s FSRU Exquisite achieved a milestone accomplishment by completing the 200th ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG at the Engro Elengy Terminal (EETL) in Pakistan’s Port Qasim. The company acquired a 55% interest in Exquisite in 2018, after having formed a joint venture (JV) with Excelerate Energy-USA. According to the statement, this strategic acquisition helped to pave the way for Nakilat to widen its international footprint and take its first step into a new business segment.

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