Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) will drydock its first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) project at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Qatar.
While in drydock, 138,000-m3 FSRU Excelerate, owned by Excelerate Energy and The Woodlands, Texas, will be modified and retrofitted with new systems including a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) to meet IMO and industry standards. The drydocking is expected to be completed in March 2019, according to an Excelerate Energy spokesperson.
To date, N-KOM has completed six such BWTS installations for gas carriers and VLCCs.
Built in 2006 by South Korea’s DSME and flying the Belgium flag, the FSRU Excelerate has a length of 277 m, beam of 43.4 m and laden draft of 11.5 m.
Nakilat chief executive officer Abdullah Al Sulaiti said the project demonstrated “the remarkable progress” the shipyard has made since it first began operations in 2011.”
Excelerate Energy’s managing director Steven Kobos said, “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.”
Earlier last week, Nakilat’s 150,900-m3 FSRU Exquisite marked a milestone, completing the 200th ship-to-ship transfer of LNG at the Engro Elengy terminal in Pakistan’s Port Qasim.
Last year, Qatar-based Nakilat acquired a 55% interest in the Exquisite — its first FSRU — after inking a joint venture agreement with Excelerate Energy. Nakilat controls the world’s largest fleet of LNG carriers, wholly or partially owning 65 such vessels, along with four LPG carriers and 25 tugs and support vessels.