July 19, 2019
The Brasfels shipyard, in Angra dos Reis (RJ), will no longer complete and integrate the FPSO Carioca modules, contracted by Petrobras to Modec to operate in the Sepia field, in the Santos Basin. Contrary to what was originally planned, the modules under construction in Brazil will be taken to China to be assembled and integrated in the Dalian shipyard, where the platform conversion work is done.
The shipment of the modules to China will be made soon, and the FPSO Carioca is expected to arrive at Brasfels in the first half of 2020.
The change in strategy was recently defined by Modec, which opted to keep only a small part of the integration stage at Brasfels. Among the services to be performed in Brazil is the flare assembly.
Both Modec and Brasfels do not reveal the reasons for the change, which surprised the market. In the last contracts signed with Petrobras, the Japanese company was adopting the strategy of doing all the integration and assembly of the final modules in Brazil, giving preference to Brasfels.
The Carioca FPSO is scheduled to come on stream in 2021, marking the first commercial production of the Sepia field. The unit will have the capacity to produce 180 thousand bopd and compress 12 million m³ / day of gas.
Modec does not confirm whether the strategy change will also be extended to the works of FPSO Guanabara, which will be installed in Mero phase I. The unit is being converted to China, and the module assembly and integration stage was contracted to Estaleiros do Brasil (EBR), located in São José do Norte (RS).
The contracting of the EBR was closed earlier this year. The Guanabara FPSO will be equipped with a production plant for 180 thousand bopd and 12 million m³ / day of gas.
Source: BE Petroleo