Keppel AMFELS Further Strengthens Presence In The Gulf Of Mexico
Keppel AMFELS Further Strengthens Presence In The Gulf
Commemorating its renaming, the shipyard donated US$10,000 for a scholarship
to the University of Texas Brownsville.
AMFELS, Inc. was renamed Keppel AmFELS, Inc. leveraging the Keppel and FELS
brand names in its vision to further strengthen its presence in the Gulf of
renaming ceremony took place on 15 November 2004 at the Keppel yard in Brownsville,
Texas. Guest-of-Honour, Honourable Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz of the 27th
Congressional District Texas was present to unveil the new corporate identity
Other distinguished guests include Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Texas State Senator
District 27; Mr Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman of Keppel Corporation and Mr
Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Keppel Offshore
& Marine and Chairman of Keppel AmFELS.
“The FELS name embodies
a proud heritage of our CAN DO! spirit and our commitment to be a provider of
choice and a partner in solutions to our customers while the Keppel name is
synonymous with resilience, versatility and quality.
“The renaming to Keppel
AmFELS reflects its regional affiliation in Northern and Central America which
covers USA, Canada and Mexico whose markets Keppel AmFELS is actively participating,”
said Mr Tong Chong Heong.
Particularly for Mexico, the
government is planning to raise its crude oil and natural gas production in
the next five years. According to a report by PEMEX, the national oil company,
new investments have been planned for the development of infrastructure, exploration
and production activities and offshore support equipment and vessels in order
to maintain and increase its existing reserves and production levels. PEMEX’s
capital expenditure has steadily increased from US$5.1 billion in 1998 to US$11
billion in 2004.
Mr Tong added, “The active
offshore market in Mexico is a positive sign for Keppel AmFELS in our ‘near
market, near customers’ strategy as we seek to further enhance our presence
in Mexico Gulf."
Since its establishment in
1990, Keppel AmFELS has built up its facilities and equipment to become the
most well equipped offshore shipyard in the Gulf of Mexico.
The shipyard delivered a KFELS
B class jackup to Perforadora Central for a contract with PEMEX in the Bay of
Campeche earlier this year. Its sister company, Keppel Singmarine in Singapore,
is building two Anchor Handling Tug/Supply vessels for Gulf Offshore, which
will also be deployed by PEMEX.
A wholly owned subsidiary of
Keppel O&M, Keppel AmFELS has been able to leverage the Group’s expertise
and resources to deliver on its promises of customer satisfaction and technological
Mr Ho Cheok Yuen, President
of Keppel AmFELS, said, “At Keppel AmFELS, we want to bring employees
together in a common vision and shared values of delivering world-class services
and solutions, on time and on budget.
“We are a people-oriented
organisation with a corporate consciousness of contributing to the community
in Brownsville, Texas.”
In line with its vision, and in commemoration of the renaming of Keppel AmFELS,
the company has donated US$10,000 to the University of Texas Brownsville to
establish a scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding and deserving graduate.
“The scholarship expresses
our conviction that education contributes to the progress of a people. We want
to support the efforts to raise the level of education amongst our youth,”
said Mr Ho.
In addition to providing employment
to some 1,500 workers, Keppel AmFELS has been contributing to the overall development
of Brownsville. Its strong emphasis on social responsibility can be seen through
the shipyard’s consistent support to community, educational and welfare
Keppel AmFELS has been named
one of the largest contributors to United Way of Southern Cameron County, a
reputable Texas-based charity whose primary focus is on funding programs for
youths and equipping adults and families with the basic tools for living. The
employees of Keppel AmFELS and its subcontractors raised a total of more than
US$220,000 and US$121,000 to United Way in 2004 (year to date) and 2003 respectively.
“In recognition of Keppel
AmFELS’ significant contribution to the community, I am pleased to present
to the company a USA flag that has flown over The Capitol Building in Washington
D.C.,” said State Congressman Solomon Ortiz, who has been representing
the District 27 South Texas in the US Congress for last 22 years.
The presentation of a national
flag is a tribute to a corporation for its positive impact on society by improving
the quality of lives of its people.
Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr, added, “The State of Texas would also
like to present a Texas flag to Mr Tong Chong Heong, Chairman of Keppel AmFELS
and Mr Ho Cheok Yuen, President of Keppel AmFELS, in recognition of Keppel AmFELS’
contribution to our community. Both these flags have flown over the State Capital
Headquartered in Singapore
and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited, Keppel O&M
is a market leader in offshore rigs, ship conversions and repair and specialised
shipbuilding. Its subsidiary, Keppel FELS is the world leader in the design
and construction of jackup drilling rigs, having built most of the world’s
jackups in the last decade. Through Keppel Shipyard, it is also a leader in
FPSO/FSO conversions and shiprepair, and has reputed expertise in the building
of specialised tugboats and supply vessels. The Group has a network of 16 yards
worldwide, including Singapore, USA, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Philippines,
UAE, The Netherlands and Norway.