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Keppel Limited
Company type Public
Founded1 September 1968; 55 years ago (1968-09-01)
Headquarters1 HarbourFront Avenue, #02-01 Keppel Bay Tower, Singapore 098632
Area served
Close to 30 countries
Key people
Danny Teoh ( Chairman)
Loh Chin Hua (CEO)
Owner Temasek Holdings (21%) [1]
Number of employees
More than 30,000
DivisionsKeppel Land
Keppel Bay
Keppel Infrastructure Holdings
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation
Keppel Capital Holdings

Keppel Limited, previously Keppel Corporation (or Keppel Corp) is a Singaporean conglomerate headquartered in Keppel Bay Tower, HarbourFront. The company consists of several affiliated businesses that specialises in property, infrastructure and asset management businesses. [2]

The company was founded in 1968 as Keppel Shipyard at the Keppel Harbour situated in Tanjong Pagar before moving its operations to Jurong, where the company focused on offshore and marine activities. Keppel Offshore & Marine was the world's largest oil rig builder [3] before its sale to Sembcorp Marine on 28 February 2023. Keppel Land is the world's 2nd most sustainable diversified real estate developer. [4]


1900 to 1980s: Keppel Harbour, establishment of Keppel Shipyard and expansion

The name of the company Keppel was derived from a British ship captain, Captain Henry Keppel, who discovered a natural, deepwater harbour (the Keppel Harbour) in Tanjong Pagar in 1848. The harbour was previously known as New Harbour until 1900 when the acting governor of Singapore, Sir Alexander Swettenham, renamed the harbour to Keppel Harbour in the honour of Captain Henry Keppel when he visited Singapore in 1900. [5]

In 1968, Temasek Holdings founded Keppel Shipyard when Keppel Harbour was taken over from the British Royal Navy after it withdrew from the island. In the 1970s and 1980s, Keppel Corporation focused on diversification within the company and regionalisation with the first overseas venture in 1975, Keppel Philippines Shipyard was set up in partnership with Filipino investors, with head offices in Cebu and Manila. In 1978, Keppel then ventured into the finance industry by providing financial services to marine contractors under Shin Loong Credit (renamed Shin Loong Finance) which propelled the growth and expansion of the financial services provided by Keppel.

Keppel then ventured into the property market in 1983 after acquiring Straits Steamship Company, an established shipping company with substantial land holdings in Singapore. The Straits Steamship Company was then renamed to Straits Steamship Land (now known as Keppel Land) to focus on the property market.

1990–1999: Expanding into the banking industry and moving of operations

In 1990, with the acquisition of the Asia Commercial Bank, Keppel Corporation established banking and financial services as a major pillar of growth for the company and in 1997 Keppel Bank acquired Tat Lee Bank, [6] resulting in an enlarged bank called Keppel TatLee Bank to expand its services in the banking industry. In 1999, Keppel Shipyard (now known as Keppel Offshore & Marine group) moved its operations base from Keppel Harbour to Jurong to expand Keppel Corporation's offshore and marine operations in yards around Tuas, Gul and Benoi, which were close to one another and also to develop the land which Keppel Harbour was situated on into waterfront residential area.

2001 to present

In 2001, Keppel divested its banking and financial services business and privatised its offshore and marine business which resulted in the integration of Keppel Shipyard together with Keppel FELS and Keppel Singmarine to form the Keppel Offshore & Marine group in 2002.

In 2015, Keppel Shipyard got a secured floating Production storage and Offloading conversion project worth of $89 million. The project includes repair, upgrade and modification. FPSO Conversion has already started and it is going to be completed in third quarter of 2016. [7]

They were the recipients of the Business China Enterprise Award in 2015, for their contributions to China-Singapore business relations. [8]

On 28 February 2023, Sembcorp Marine completed its acquisition of Keppel Corporation's Offshore & Marine division for $3.34 billion. [9] Subsequently, on 27 April 2023, Sembcorp Marine's shareholders approved Sembcorp Marine's name change to Seatrium. [10]

On 1 January 2024, the company has officially changed its name to Keppel Limited.


The Keppel Group of Companies includes subsidiaries, associated companies, as well as shareholdings in other companies.

Key subsidiaries

  • Keppel Land
  • Keppel Bay
  • Keppel Infrastructure Holdings
  • Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation
  • Keppel Capital Holdings [11]
  • Ixom [12]

Partially owned subsidiaries and shareholdings in other companies

Company name Country Stake
Keppel REIT Singapore 46%
k1 Ventures Limited Singapore 36%
M1 Limited Singapore 19%
Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development China 50%
Nakilat – Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) [13] Qatar 20%

Bribery probe

In a press release after an American subsidiary pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. prosecutors said Keppel units paid about $55 million to win 13 contracts with Petrobras and another company. The payments, through a series of shell companies, were bribes disguised as consulting agreements. Keppel Offshore & Marine USA pleaded guilty to the bribery scheme which ran for more than a decade, while its parent, Singapore-based Keppel Offshore & Marine, entered into a deferred-prosecution agreement with the government. It agreed to pay $422 million to end the U.S. bribery probe. [14]

In July 2016, during testimony in court, a former agent for Keppel alleged that high-ranking Keppel executives Chow Yew Yuen, Tong Chong Heong, Tay Kim Hock, Kwok Kai Choong, and Choo Chiau Beng, approved the former agent's bribing of Brazilian officials to secure contracts with Brazil's state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA. [15] Meanwhile, Jeffery Shiu Chow, a long-time attorney for Keppel, told an American court that he had assisted in the bribe payments. [16]

See also


  1. ^ "Transportation & Industrials". Temasek Corporate Website English. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Keppel Corp's Q3 profit soars 32 per cent". AsiaOne. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Keppel unit in Guinness World Records as largest offshore rig manufacturer". The Straits Times. December 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ "CapitaLand, Keppel Corp lauded for sustainable practices". The Straits Times. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Keppel Corporation - Heritage".
  6. ^ "Keppel, Tat Lee cut rates by 1/2 -pt". The Business Times. 23 November 1998. p. 17. Retrieved 7 February 2024 – via NewspaperSG.
  7. ^ Keppel wins contracts worth $89m, 10 August 2015
  8. ^ "Home". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Done deal!: Sembcorp Marine acquires Keppel Offshore & Marine for $3.34 billion". 1 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Sembcorp Marine is no more, long live Seatrium!". 27 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Keppel Corporation - Group Structure".
  12. ^ "Keppel-owned Ixom poised to buy US water treatment biz". Australian Financial Review. 3 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Nakilat-Keppel O&M". Keppel Offshore & Marine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Keppel Offshore to Pay $422 Million to End Bribery Probe". 22 December 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2018 – via
  15. ^ "Keppel's former agent in Brazil says managers backed bribes". The Business Times.
  16. ^ Leong, Grace. "Ex-Keppel O&M lawyer discussed with company seniors 'economic terms of contracts' used to bribe Brazilian officials: Court papers". The Straits Times.

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