November 7, 2017 (TYLER, TX) VME took part in the completion of the first-ever offloading of molten sulphur from an offshore facility to a specialized tanker last week. The Karapan Armada Sterling 3 (KAS3) FPSO, operated by Bumi Armada of Malaysia, carried out the operation which stripped the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the sour gas stream to produce molten sulphur, leaving sweet export gas to supply domestic needs in Indonesia.
“We are proud to take part in this history-making accomplishment as VME designed and constructed the sulphur processing module utilizing licensed technology from Ortloff Engineers, Ltd.,” said Kuoh Lee, VME Senior Executive Vice President.
The conversion of the FPSO into a unique gas production facility took place at the Keppel yard in Singapore. The Karapan Armada Sterling III FPSO was moored with all riser lines connected in offshore Indonesia’s Madura field in January 2017.