Published On: Fri, Apr 30th, 2010

Oil Vessel To Be Named “FPSO Kwame Nkrumah”

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661542787_855229With a width of 65metres and 330metres in length, the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, is about the size of three standard football fields put together.

According to information reaching Peacefmonline, the vessel which will be outdoored in Singapore on Saturday, May 1, 2010, could be named after Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Thus, the vessel will be called “FPSO Kwame Nkrumah,” in honour of the man who fought for the independence of Ghana, formerly Gold Coast.

In relation to the name of the oil field which is called the “Jubilee Field” because it was discovered during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the country in 2007, the name “FPSO Kwame Nkrumah” could have originated from such a source.

As to the underlining reason for the name, there is a need to wait for the official outdooring ceremony of the vessel to be done by the 1st Lady, Mrs Naadu Mills, in Singapore.

The naming of the FPSO is a significant milestone in the entire ‘Jubilee Phase One’ development programme, as it reaffirms the commitment of the partners to the project and underlines their capacity to manage the Jubilee Field.

The “FPSO Kwame Nkrumah”, uses the biggest turret ever constructed in the oil industry, and can process 120,000 barrels of oil a day, with a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels.

It has 17 modules weighing more than 12,500 tonnes installed on it. The modules include a water treatment plant, a crude separation plant, a chemical injection plant, a gas processing and injection plant, a 120-room accommodation, among others.

The construction of the FPSO, began in 2008. The vessel will set out from the Jurong shipyard in Singapore for its base in the Western Coast of Ghana by 15th of May, 2010, after the naming ceremony.

Source: Alex Ofei/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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