Fred Olsen Energy Lands $30 Million FPSO Contract

Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Fred Olsen Energy has signed a contract for the Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel Petróleo Nautipa, which is owned and operated by a joint venture between Fred. Olsen Energy ASA and Prosafe ASA.

The contract signed with the Houston based oil company Vaalco Gabon (Etame) Inc. has an approximate value of $30 million, and is initially for two years with options for Vaalco Gabon (Etame) Inc. to extend for up to three more years. The FPSO is currently under contract with Canadian Natural Resources in Angola, and is expected to demobilise from its current location during the summer of 2002, where it will be taken to a shipyard for necessary upgrading before being installed on the Etame Field offshore Gabon by September 2002.

The contract is subject approval by the Gabonese authorities' of Vaalco Gabon (Etame) Inc.'s Field Development Plan by September 20, 2001.

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