The Brasfels shipyard is close to signing contracts for the topside integration on two floating production, storage and offloading vessels to be used on Petrobras-operated pilot pre-salt projects in Brazil's Santos basin.
Gareth Chetwynd 10 November 2010 03:08 GMT
One consortium made up of Modec International and Brazil's Schahin Engenharia, and another consisting of SBM Offshore and Queiroz Galvao Oleo e Gas, have been mulling their options for complying with local content requirements in Brazil.
Both have settled for the Keppel Fels-run facility for the integration work on their chartered units, according to the electronic news bulletin Energia Hoje.
The units, dubbed FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo and FPSO Cidade de Paraty, are expected to arrive in Brazil in the first quarter of next year after completing hull conversions at China's Cosco yard and Keppel Fels in Singapore respectively.
The Brasfels facility is one of the success stories of the Brazilian offshore sector and is now working on two major production platform construction projects for Petrobras. These are the semisubmersible unit P-56 and, next in line, the tension leg wellhead platform P-61.
Brasfels recently completed the integration project on the FPSO P-57, chartered to Petrobras by SBM and soon to start production on the Jubarte field.
Modec's FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo was supposed to be installed on the Guara field on Block BM-S-9 by the final quarter of 2012, paying a dayrate of $675,000.
Minor delays on the conversion project and also in securing the integration slot are understood to have generated a slight delay in this schedule.
The FPSO Cidade de Paraty will be installed on the Tupi Nordeste field on Block BM-S-11.
Both units will be able to process up to 120,000 barrels per day of crude and 5 million cubic metres per day of gas.