7th November 2022, India/Singapore: The High Commissioner of India in Singapore, His Excellency Mr P. Kumaran, participated in the sail-away ceremony of FPSO Armada Sterling V on November 6, 2022. The Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) is ready to sail away and is expected to arrive at the project site on the east coast of India by the end of December 2022.
Over 150 people attended the sail-away ceremony, including representatives from the Indian High Commission in Singapore, ONGC’s PMC, Shapoorji Pallonji, Sembcorp, and Bumi Armada, as well as their guests.
This FPSO is the result of close collaboration between India’s engineering prowess and Singapore’s FPSO conversion capabilities. It features 13 modules and central piperacks, weighing over 20,000 tonnes, and is equipped with the world’s largest submerged turret production system.
H.E. Mr. P. Kumaran praised the size and specifications of the FPSO and congratulated the ONGC, Shapoorji Pallonji Oil and Gas, Bumi Armada and Sembcorp Marine teams. Commending this remarkable project, he said, “I am very happy to see the kind of collaboration that has been possible between India, Singapore, Indonesia and a number of other countries involved in this project in terms of supply chain linkage.” The High Commissioner appreciated the excellent safety record of the FPSO and its sail-away readiness, despite disruptions due to Covid – 19 and geopolitical challenges.
Mr. Ravi Shankar, CEO and Director of Shapoorji Pallonji Oil and Gas, emphasized the importance of the FPSO for India’s energy security and stated that this deep-water project has given ONGC and Shapoorji Pallonji confidence to pursue ultra deep-water projects in India and overseas.
The FPSO represents India’s commitment to sustainable energy development. It is Asia’s first FPSO with low NOX DLE burners, is equipped with radar-operated oil slick monitoring, and has advanced engineering features that limit its overall energy intensity.