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Engineer's Far Eastern project

PUBLISHED: 04:10 15 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

A NORTH Suffolk engineer is currently in the final stages of managing a major ship conversion project in the Far East.

Chris Cleveland, of Romany Road, Oulton Broad, is managing the conversion of an oil tanker into the world's first gas production floating production, storage and offshore vessel.

A NORTH Suffolk engineer is currently in the final stages of managing a major ship conversion project in the Far East.

Chris Cleveland, of Romany Road, Oulton Broad, is managing the conversion of an oil tanker into the world's first gas production floating production, storage and offshore vessel.

The vessel will be renamed the Cidade De Sao Mateus and will be operated on behalf of Petrobras Brazil.

The tanker, originally called Navarin was built in Korea in 1998, and is 312 metres long, 56 metres wide, has a draft of 29.5 metres, weighs 277,000 tons. storage capacity is 700,000 barrels of crude oil and has a crew of 83.

“It is undergoing the final stages of the conversion at Keppel shipyard in Singapore at a cost of 400 million US dollars and is due to have stability trials later this month before going to work offshore in Brazil,” said Mr Cleveland.

It is expected the vessel will be working from February next year.

“When the vessel is in full production it is capable of processing 35,000 barrels of live crude oil per day which is brought into the oil process train from any one of 15 wells linked to the vessel,” said Mr Cleveland.

As the production manager for Global Process Systems, in Singapore, Mr Cleveland has been responsible for the engineering, design and construction during the conversion.

Mr Cleveland lives in the country with his wife Helen although he still has his roots firmly in Lowestoft, where he has worked for a number of local engineering companies including Zephyr Cams, Talisman Trawlers, George Prior Group and the Expro Group.

His career has taken him to all corners of the world but he is proud of his roots in the Lowestoft area and keeps in touch by reading the Journal online.

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