Naming ceremony of the FPSO Umuroa

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15 February 2007

Prosafe is pleased to announce that a naming ceremony for the FPSO Umuroa was held on 15 February at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.
Attending the ceremony were representatives of the partners in the Tui field offshore New Zealand: Australian Worldwide Exploration, the field operator, New Zealand Oil and Gas, Mitsui E&P New Zealand and Pan Pacific Petroleum, and representatives from Keppel and Prosafe.

The FPSO Umuroa was officially named by vessel sponsor Mrs Jacqueline Phillips, wife of Mr Bruce Phillips, Managing Director of Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited.

The name, Umuroa, has been selected following cultural advice from the New Zealand Iwi, a Maori tribal group who are the traditional occupiers of the nearest landfall to the project. Loosely translated, “Umu” means heat or energy or place of warmth, and “Roa” means long. Hence Umuroa can be considered to mean “long on energy”.

The FPSO will be delivered from the shipyard in March, only 16 months after contract award. The vessel is chartered to a subsidiary of Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited for an initial period of five years with options to extend with a further five years.

The FPSO Umuroa will be capable of producing 120 000 barrels of fluid per day, 50 000 barrels of oil per day and 118 000 barrels of water per day, with a storage capacity of 730 000 barrels. The vessel will be moored in 120 metres of water and will be Prosafe’s first FPSO offshore New Zealand. First oil will be deliveren in the second quarter of 2007.

FPSO Umuroa's naming comes only one month after the naming of the FPSO Polvo, at Keppel Shipyard, which will leave the yard later this month for deployment to the Polvo field offshore Brazil.

"This ceremony marks that we have reached an important milestone", said Mr Arne Austreid, President and CEO of Prosafe SE. "However, sail-away, offshore hook-up and production start are still ahead of us. Please join me in wishing the crew and the project team the best of luck in completing this project in a safe and efficient manner, thereby providing the basis for a long, safe and prosperous production period offshore New Zealand."

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