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Significant Milestones

1960s - 1980s



Inauguration of Keppel Shipyard (Pte) Ltd:
Corporatisation of the Dockyard Department of the Port of Singapore Authority managed by British shiprepair group, Swan Hunter.


Expansion into Offshore:
Acquisition of 39% interest in listed Far East Shipbuilding Ltd (renamed FELS in 1972). Stake in company was increased to 61.3% in 1973.


Change in Management to Local Hands:
Singaporeans took over Keppel’s management.


First Overseas Venture:
While developing a major shipyard in Tuas, Keppel Philippines Shipyard was set up in partnership with Filipino investors.


Expansion of the Marine Business:
Acquisition of Singmarine Shipyard, a medium-size shipbuilder and repairer.


Establishing Financial Services:
Established to provide factoring to marine contractors, Shin Loong Credit (renamed Shin Loong Finance) propelled the growth and expansion of this division to include insurance and securities.


Listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange:
Keppel Shipyard’s 30 million shares of $1.00 each was offered to the public at $3.30 per share.


Diversification into Property:
Acquisition of 82% interest in Straits Steamship Company.


Restructuring of Keppel:
Non-strategic businesses were rationalised during the recession.


Incorporation of Keppel Corporation:
Keppel Shipyard became a division of the Company.

Acquisition of ex-Mitsubishi Yard:
The 12-ha yard, acquired during the offshore recession, became a cornerstone in the growth of FELS.


Sharpening Focus on Property:
Straits Steamship Company was renamed Straits Steamship Land following the restructuring of the company to concentrate on property development. The non-property businesses were grouped under Steamers Maritime Holdings (Steamers).





Establishing Banking and Financial Services as a Major Pillar of Growth:
Keppel acquired Asia Commercial Bank. Renamed Keppel Bank, the successful acquisition was listed in 1993.

Acquiring Yard for the US Market:
FELS purchased a rig yard in the Gulf of Mexico where drilling was most active. The company was renamed Keppel AmFELS in 2004.


Foray into the Middle East:
Keppel acquired a 20% stake in Arab Heavy Industries (AHI), a shipyard in the United Arab Emirates. Interest in AHI has since been increased to 33%.


Rationalisation of Engineering Business:
This was carried out under Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE).


Leading consortium in Industrial Park Development:
Keppel led the Singapore consortium in the development of the Suzhou Industrial Park.

Foray into Vietnam:
Straits Steamship Land developed the first international-class commercial building in the country.

Starting the Power business:
With insufficient rig orders amidst worsening oil prices, FELS developed two Build-Own-Operate floating power barges which supplied a total of 180MW of electricity to the Philippine power grid addressing brownout problems in the country.


Seizing Opportunity in Telecoms Liberalisation:
Re-positioned for telecommunications business, Steamers (now Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation) spearheaded the Keppel Group’s participation in 1997 in MobileOne (now M1), a consortium formed with SPH, Cable & Wireless and Hong Kong Telecom.

Offshore Technology Development
FELS set up a technology company for R&D of jackup rigs.


Growing Presence in the Philippines:
Subic Shipyard & Engineering Works was inaugurated following the acquisition of the former Philseco yard.

Property Expansion in China:
Straits Steamship Land began construction of its first property in Shanghai, and signed agreement to develop a golf resort with residential development in Kunming, Yunnan Province.


Rebranding Exercise Group-wide:
The Keppel name was adopted across the Group.

Presence in the Caspian:
The Caspian Shipyard in Baku, Azerbaijan, was set up to meet demand for oil rigs in the new frontier for oil and gas industry.

Opportunity in Crisis:
Keppel Bank acquired Tat Lee Bank which was impacted by the Asian financial crisis. The enlarged bank was renamed Keppel TatLee Bank in 1998.


Towards a Leaner Keppel:
Keppel removed cross-shareholdings in its Group of companies and rationalised the businesses which included the merger of Keppel FELS (previously FELS) and KIE into Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure (KFEI).


Entry into Oil and Gas:
Keppel acquired about 77% interest in the Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC).

Consolidation of Marine Operations:
Keppel Shipyard acquired Hitachi Zosen and was named Keppel Hitachi Zosen (KHZ).

Remodelling the Property business:
Keppel Land (previously Straits Steamship Land) increased its regionalisation thrust, re-balanced its Singapore trading assets and investment properties and started the property fund management fee-based business.

Extracting Value from Land Assets:
Keppel Shipyard moved out of Telok Blangah, paving the way for the redevelopment of a 32-ha site into Keppel Bay, Singapore’s premier waterfront precinct.


2000 & Beyond



k1 Ventures:
Formerly Singmarine Industries, then Keppel Marine Industries, the company changed its mandate to become a diversified investment company.

Positioning SPC as an Integrated Oil and Gas Company:
Against the backdrop of US$10 oil per barrel, SPC began its upstream business with the acquisition of the offshore Kakap gas field in Indonesia.

Foray into Brazil:
Keppel acquired its BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis and developed it into the most established offshore and marine facility in Latin America.


Divestment of Banking and Financial Services Business:
The divestment of the Division, which contributed nearly 50% of the Group’s earnings, enabled Keppel to privatise and integrate its offshore and marine businesses.

Restructuring for Greater Focus:
Offshore & Marine, Property and Infrastructure became the core businesses of Keppel.

Delisting of KFEI:
This set off the consolidation of the shipyard operations, including the delisting of KHZ

Seizing Opportunity during a Downturn:
Keppel Land, together with HK partners, seized the opportunity to bid for a prime site in the New Downtown. The 1.14-ha site was developed as One Raffles Quay to yield a total of 1.32 million sf of prime office space.


Consolidating Shipyard Operations:
Establishing Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) to become one of the world’s largest offshore and marine groups.

Foray into the Netherlands:
Keppel O&M completed the acquisition of Dutch offshore shipyard and renamed it Keppel Verolme BV.

Building the Environmental Engineering Business:
Acquisition of Keppel Seghers Technology (formerly Seghers Better Technology) contributed to the securing of the NEWater and Waste-to-Energy projects on Build-Own-Operate basis from the Singapore Government in 2005.


Widening Reach in the Caspian:
Keppel O&M established Keppel Kazakhstan, an offshore engineering and construction facility (which has been divested in 2014).


Securing Marina Bay Financial Centre:
Iconic landmark in the New Downtown, the integrated development with office, commercial, residential and entertainment offerings has a GFA of 4.7 million sf.

Building a Satellite Network of Yards:
Keppel O&M acquired a shipyard in Nantong, China.


Foray into Qatar:
Keppel Seghers secured from the Qatari government a QR3.9 billion (about $1.7 billion) solid waste management project and in the following year, a QR3.6 billion (about $1.5 billion) wastewater treatment plant.

Unlocking Value via a REIT:
Keppel Land sponsored the establishment of a new real estate investment trust now known as Keppel REIT (formerly K-REIT Asia).


Advancing Technology:
Keppel O&M Technology Centre and Keppel Environmental Technology Centre were set up with seed money of $150 million and $50 million respectively.


Leading in Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City:
The Keppel Group entered into an agreement to lead the Singapore consortium in developing an Eco-City project in Tianjin.


Divestment of SPC:
The sale of its 45% stake in SPC further strengthened Keppel’s balance sheet.


Listing of K-Green Trust:
Established to invest in “green” infrastructure assets in Singapore and globally. Trust was renamed as Keppel Infrastructure Trust in 2014 to align with the Sponsor’s enlarged business scope following re-organisation.

Extending Near Market, Near Customer Strategy:
Keppel O&M partnered Qatar Gas Transport Company to jointly develop the Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine yard in Qatar, and separately acquired a yard for specialised shipbuilding in Santa Catarina, Brazil

Strengthening Focus in China:
Keppel Land China was established to own and operate all of Keppel Land’s properties in China.

Starting the Data Centre Business - Establishing the World’s First Shariah-Compliant Data Centre Fund:
The Securus Data Property Fund was jointly formed by Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and AEP Investment Management to invest in a global portfolio of income-generating, green field data centres in Europe, Middle East and Asia.


First Port Project along the Yangtze River:
Keppel T&T entered into a joint venture with Sinotrans Ltd to jointly develop and operate a river port along Yangtze River.

Investing in Close Adjacencies:
Keppel O&M acquired a 27.8% stake in topside module fabricator Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd via an equity placement.


Sustaining Technology Leadership:
Keppel O&M Technology Division was established to further strengthen technological expertise and operational processes of the Group’s offshore and marine business.

Growing Regional Logistics Network:
Keppel T&T formed joint ventures to develop the Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone International Logistics Park in Jilin Province, and Keppel Wanjiang International Coldchain Logistics Park in Lu’an City, Anhui. It also made its first foray into Indonesia in partnership with PT Puninar Jaya.

Further Investment into Close Adjacencies:
Keppel Corporation acquired a stake in independent upstream oil and gas company, KrisEnergy, and gradually increased its interests to 31.4%.


Streamlining the Infrastructure Division:
Re-organisation of Keppel Energy and Keppel Integrated Engineering under the newly-incorporated Keppel Infrastructure.

Expanding Power Generation Capacity:
Keppel Infrastructure completed the 800MW capacity expansion at Keppel Merlimau Cogen, bringing its total power generation capacity in Singapore to 1,300MW.

Growing Footprint in the Caspian:
Baku Shipyard LLC, Keppel’s second shipyard in Azerbaijan was inaugurated.

Fortifying the Logistics Business:
Keppel Logistics acquired a 60% stake in Sanshui Port, in Foshan, China. It also embarked on developing the new Tampines Logistics Hub in Singapore, which caters to demand for critical-component logistics.


Growing logistics footprint in Australia:
Keppel Logistics expanded its operations into Brisbane, Australia, with the management of a 10,000 sqm warehouse.

Growing retail management capabilities:
Keppel Land acquired a 75% stake in retail management company Array Real Estate, which was later renamed Keppel Land Retail Management.

Listing of the first data centre REIT in Asia:
Keppel DC REIT debuted strongly on the SGX-ST as the largest REIT IPO in Singapore in 2014 with
$512.9 million raised.


Privatisation of Keppel Land:
Keppel Land was de-listed from the Singapore Exchange in July 2015, following a voluntary unconditional cash offer made by Keppel Corporation to acquire all outstanding shares in the former, other than those it owned and controlled.

Creating the largest Singapore infrastructure-focused business trust:
Keppel Infrastructure Trust was combined with CitySpring Infrastructure Trust and 51% of Keppel Merlimau Cogen was injected into the enlarged trust. The enlarged trust has a market capitalisation of more than $2 billion and total assets of over $4 billion.


Growing the Group's asset management platform
Keppel Corporation consolidated its interests in business trust management, real estate investment trust management and fund management businesses under Keppel Capital. 


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