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Keppel O&M secures El Salvador FSRU conversion contract

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Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Keppel AmFELS and Keppel Shipyard, clinched contracts worth approximately S$200 million combined.

In the US, Keppel AmFELS will be constructing a high-specification trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for Manson Construction Co. The TSHD will be the first dredger built at Keppel AmFELS’ yard in Brownsville, Texas.

When completed, the dredger will have a hopper capacity of 15 000 cubic yards and will operate primarily in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast of the US. It will be Jones Act Compliant and built to the requirements of classification society, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Measuring 420 ft (128 m) long with a breadth of 81ft (25 m) and draft of 28.5 ft (8 m), the TSHD will be a highly automated vessel with a diesel-electric power system.

John Holmes, Manson Construction Co. president, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Keppel AmFELS, due to their impressive vessel construction capabilities. Their value proposition is strengthened by our shared focus on safety. We are confident they will provide us an efficient, environmentally-friendly and high quality dredge that exceeds the stringent environmental restrictions and regulations for dredges in the US. Our high performing dredges, combined with our expertise, enable us to meet the strong market demand for a variety of work including keeping the marine transportation highway open throughout the United States.”

In Singapore, Keppel Shipyard is undertaking the conversion of an LNG carrier to a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) bound for the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador. The contract was inked with FSRU Development Pte Ltd, a joint venture company between BW Gas Limited (BW LNG) and Invenergy Investment Company LLC. The FSRU will be El Salvador’s first integrated LNG-to-power project.

Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said, “We are pleased to receive orders from new and repeat customers even in a challenging market. It is testament to our track record and the value-add we provide in developing innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions that meet market demands.

“This is an exciting first newbuild project for Keppel O&M with Manson Construction Co and we will be building the largest US hopper dredger. We look forward to supporting Manson Construction Co as they grow their fleet of vessels.

“Keppel O&M’s partnership with the BW Group has grown from strength to strength, having worked together on more than 10 projects, including FPSO and FSRU conversions. This demonstrates our close collaboration and BW Group’s confidence and trust in our capabilities.

“Amidst the challenges of dealing with COVID-19, we have put in place measures across all our operations, whether in Singapore or the US, to ensure that work is conducted in both a responsible and efficient manner so that we can deliver the vessels safely, on time, and within budget.”

The projects represent Keppel’s ninth new-build dredger and fifth FSRU conversion. Both projects are on progressive payment terms.

The above contracts are not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.

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