Asian shipyards are making progress on the construction of future Petrobras FPSOs that will start operating on the Brazilian coast between 2021 and 2024. In recent months, many of them have made considerable progress in their works.
The next unit in Búzios, the FPSO Almirante Barroso is now almost 60% finished. The platform ship should start operating in the Santos Basin next year, with a capacity to produce up to 150 thousand barrels per day of oil. The EPC of the vessel is in the hands of the Japanese company Modec, which granted the bulk of the work to the Chinese shipyard Cosco. Asians are building the new platform ship from the hull of former oil tanker Eddie. In this case, part of the work will be done in Brazil – the BrasFELS shipyard, in Angra dos Reis (RJ), will build and integrate the unit’s modules.
Modec is also Petrobras’ EPC contractor for FPSO Anita Garibaldi, which will integrate the Marlim revitalization module and is scheduled to start production in 2022. Today, the work is 47% ahead – growth of 13 percentage points in previous update of the project status. A second platform to be installed in Marlim has also advanced. The FPSO Anna Nery currently has more than 30% of physical progress. The project is being led by the company Mayan Yinson. This, in fact, will be the first unit of its kind in Brazil. The vessel, scheduled for 2023, is now at the Cosco Changxing shipyard in Shanghai. Because they are the result of ANP’s Round Zero contracts, the Marlim FPSOs have no local content requirements.
Mero FPSO Marechal Duque de Caxias, Malaysian MISC Berhad is responsible for conducting the construction and chartering, which will start operating in 2024. The platform will be built from the hull of the oil tanker Bunga Kasturi Dua, which arrived at the Chinese shipyard CIMC Raffles in February.
Meanwhile, SBM’s FPSO Sepetiba (Mero 2) advanced to 69% of completed works. Construction also takes place in China at the CMHI and Bomesc shipyards. Part of the unit’s modules will be built at the Brazilian EBR shipyard. The vessel is expected to start production in 2023.
For this year, Petrobras should put two more platforms into operation. FPSO Carioca, in the Sépia field, and FPSO Guanabara (Mero 1), which were built at the Cosco Dalian and DISC shipyards, respectively. The two are already in the final stages of preparation, with more than 90% completion.