Seaweld Builds FPSO Parts

Seaweld Ghana Limited, an indigenous offshore engineering company that provides support services in the oil and gas industry, is building some of the components of the second Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The new FPSO will be for the Tweneboa, Enyera and Ntomme (TEN) projects – a new oil discovery by Tullow Ghana Limited off Cape Three Points in the Western Region. The new FPSO, just like the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, is being constructed in Singapore, but has some of its components being manufactured at Beahu near Takoradi, as part of the local content policy. Seaweld was sub-contracted by Modec Ghana, a general contractor that has specialized in engineering, procurement, construction and installation of floating production systems, in December, 2013, to build parts of the new FPSO. Seaweld was tasked to construct 95 pieces of pipe racks and 128 pieces of deck stools. The oil service provider was also asked to complete the stools and ship them to Singapore for the assembling of the FPSO for the TEN deepwater wells. The company has to date, shipped all the 95 pieces of pipelines requested, and 61 pieces out of the 128 deck stools, to Singapore for the building of the vessel. It is therefore working hard to meet the mid-June deadline to ship the rest of the components. On completion, the new FPSO would be brought to Ghana for production to begin on the TEN project. This came to light when the managements of Seaweld and Tullow Ghana Limited took journalists round some of the components being manufactured at Beahu in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region. Seaweld Project Engineer, Mr. Dennis Adrah, told the media that the company had made itself indispensable in the offshore oil and gas industry. He revealed that while manufacturing parts of the FPSO, Modec also had its engineers on site to ensure that Seaweld delivered to specification and standard. Mr. Alfred Fafali Adagbedu, Chief Executive of the company, noted that Seaweld adhered strictly to safety measures in the building of the pipe racks and deck stools to meet international standards. He said the company was living up to Nkrumah’s dream of Ghana manufacturing ships in the near future, particularly for the oil industry. Mr. Charles Darko, General Manager of Tullow Ghana, expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done. He mentioned that the role of the local contractor gave meaning to the country’s Local Content and Participation in Petroleum Activities Regulation, aimed at courting oil companies in the country to use local resources – human and material – in their activities.