Brazil to demand 270 new support vessels by 2030

June 6, 2019

Secretary of Economic Development of RJ considers scenario with an increase of 35 floating rigs and 50 FPSOs in the country

Brazil will demand 270 new vessels to support E & P activities by 2030, considering the potential of the assets that will be auctioned as of this year. The estimate is from the Secretary of Economic Development of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Lucas Tristão.

Of the total estimated vessels, 70 will be needed to support a projected fleet of 35 floating rigs and another 200 to assist about 50 FPSOs.

According to Tristão, Rio de Janeiro will absorb approximately 70% of the fleet growth of offshore units in the country: 24 rigs, 35 FPSOs and 189 offshore support vessels.


The Brazilian marine support fleet consists of about 370 vessels, of which 177 PSVs / OSRVs, 70 LHs / SVs, 48 ​​AHTSs, 25 Crew / FSVs, 16 PLSVs, 12 RSVs, 8 MPSVs, 5 DSVs, 3 WSVs, 2 WIVs and a Flotel. The data is from the Brazilian Association of Maritime Support Companies (Abeam) for the month of March.

According to the ANP, there are 144 stationary production units (PEUs) in the country in operation. Among them are 80 fixed platforms, 45 FPSOs, 14 semisubmersibles, three FSOs, one TLWP (Tension Leg Wet Platform) and one FPU (Floating Production Unit).

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According to data from the Brazilian Navy’s Ports and Coasts Board (DPCMar), there were 39 rigs in Brazilian waters in May this year, 18 drilling semi-submersibles and 15 drilling vessels, in addition to five already decommissioned auto-elevators. The number includes units contracted or not.

In addition to the three exploratory block bidding rounds planned for this year – 16th of concessions, 6th of production sharing and the surplus of the Transfer of Rights -, the federal government schedule foresees, two sharing auctions and two of concessions between 2020 and 2021.

The presentation of Lucas Tristão was made this Thursday (6/6) during Nor-Shipping 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

Source: BE Petroleum

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