Armada Perkasa's Third Deployment as an FPSO - finding a home in Nigeria

Armada Perkasa's Third Deployment as an FPSO - finding a home in Nigeria

The Armada Perkasa, a 1975 Panamax-sized tanker with storage capacity of 360,000 barrels of crude oil, which had been converted into an FPSO in 1997. After an initial seven year charter in the Bunga Kekwa field, off the coast of Malaysia and Vietnam, it subsequently went to the Baram field, offshore Miri, Sarawak, in 2005/2006 to work for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.

In 2006, Bumi Armada was awarded a contract for the provision of an FPSO with 30,000 bopd production capacity and 300,000 barrels storage capacity for Afren in the Okoro-Setu field, offshore Nigeria.

The FPSO would be moored in a significantly shallow water depth of 13 metres, which required a complex mooring solution. Given the very shallow water depth, the draft of the hull and the current and wave motions in the Okoro-Setu environment created quite a challenge for the mooring design team resulting in each mooring line being in the region of 1.1 km. Having overcome the design related issues and obtained the necessary classification society design approvals we were faced with an even bigger challenge of installing the mooring system. With such extensive lengths in such shallow water created challenges in relation to pre-tensioning of each line and ensuring that each individual line did not twist out with the design parameters. It was only when this was all successfully achieved and accepted by the relevant regulatory authorities were we able to to hook-up the mooring system to the FPSO.

Conversion work completed by December 2007 and the FPSO departed for Nigeria in 2008 where Bumi Armada has been operating the FPSO ever since with 99% uptime and a good safety record.

Commitment to local content is a cornerstone of the company’s philosophy and we handpicked and trained 38 Nigerians to mann the FPSO from the very beginning. Since then, we have continued to hire and train over 100 Nigerians for this purpose, working closely with a Nigerian partner.