Chinese Shipyard Cuts First Steel For FPSO To Be Deployed In Brazil’s Largest Oil Field

Chinese yard Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry cut the first steel for the hull of an FPSO to be engaged in deployment activities at Petrobras’ Buzios pre-salt field — the largest oil field in Brazil.

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Following a subcontract with Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine that’s proposing a name change to Seatrium, Cosco’s facility based in Qidong is expected to deliver the hull of the P-82 FPSO by the end of 2024 with its living quarters.

The hull and living quarters are expected to be towed to Sembmarine for both topsides integration and commissioning.

In 2026, the FPSO is expected to enter operation and will be associated with 16 development wells — seven advanced water-alternating gas injectors and nine oil producers.

The 80,000-ton hull measures are 360 meters long, 60 meters wide, and 34.3 meters high. With a capacity to produce 225,000 barrels each day of oil and 12 million cubic meters daily of natural gas, the FPSO also boasts a crude storage limit of approximately 1.6 million barrels.

Cosco has reportedly expanded the dry dock at the Qidong facility, where the keel laying can be done with just one go. Historically, this Chinese contractor would construct vessel blocks in workshops and then transfer them to the dry dock for keel laying.

Petrobras awarded Sembmarine the engineering, procurement, and construction contract in October 2022 for the P-82 FPSO. It is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world, per Cosco.

The FPSO will be one of Petrobras’s new generations of floaters, equipped with low-carbon technologies.

It will operate on closed flare technology, which boosts gas utilization and helps avoid being burned in the atmosphere; a methane-based gas detection system capable of mitigating or preventing the risks of leak of this compound; and digital twins.

Petrobras has also secured a 92.6% operated stake in the Buzios field. It is collaborated by China Oil & Gas Exploration & Development Company and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, each holding a 3.7% stake.

Reference: Upstream,

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