Petrobras aiming at 11 FPSOs in three years

Brazilian oil giant working with fabricators and yards to bring already-contracted units into play by 2019

Petrobras is working closely with fabricators and shipyards in Brazil and China, as it looks to bring 11 already-contracted floating production, storage and offloading vessels into operation over the next three years.

The Brazilian oil giant has four FPSOs scheduled to produce first oil in 2017, followed by five in 2018 and another two in 2019.

Two units were chartered with international floater specialists, but the vast majority were ordered at Brazilian shipyards and have been facing numerous delays since contracts were signed years ago.

Petrobras production development and technology director Roberto Moro told Upstream that integration on the P-66 FPSO is close to completion at the BrasFels shipyard in Rio de Janeiro state, after the recent arrival of the final four topsides modules manufactured in Asia.

The P-66 is due for completion in December, and then the FPSO is expected to sail to the Lula North pre-salt field, where output is due to start in the first quarter of 2017.

“Our plan is to have the P-66 onstream in March 2017, but we are working to try to begin production a little earlier, maybe in February,” Moro told Upstream on the sidelines of the Rio Oil & Gas conference this week.

Just a few weeks after the P-66 is delivered, BrasFels will begin working on another two FPSO projects side by side.

According to Moro, the Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes FPSO is expected to arrive at the site for integration in January 2017, followed by the P-69 FPSO a month later.

The P-67 and P-70 FPSOs are being fully built in Asia by China Offshore Oil Engineering Company after the contracts for the two units were transferred from the Integra consortium in Brazil.

“The topsides modules that were being fabricated at the OSX shipyard in Brazil for Integra have already been shipped to China, so everything is in order for the P-67 and P-70,” Moro added.

Two FPSOs slated to produce in the giant Buzios pre-salt field — P-75 and P-77 — are also undergoing work in China.

Integration on the P-75 is due to begin next month. Most of the topsides integration will take place in Asia, and the floater is only meant to arrive for the QGI consortium in Brazil for final adjustments at the Honorio Bicalho shipyard in early 2018.

“Integration on the P-77 is expected to begin in mid-2017, but since QGI will be in charge of a third of the work, there is a remote chance the unit arrives in Brazil earlier than the P-75,” said Moro.

The P-75 is scheduled to enter production in 2018, and the P-77 in 2019.

As for the Pioneiro de Libra FPSO, which is due to run a series of extended well tests at Libra starting in 2017, Moro said the integration job was a little more complex than originally expected, as 3000 tonnes of additional equipment was later added to the topsides.

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