Petrobras intends to go to the market this year to contract the FPSO for the deep water project in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin (SEAP). The information was revealed this morning by the company’s production development director, Rudimar Lorenzatto, during a conference call with analysts and investors. The executive also confirmed that the SEAP conceptual project was recently approved and that the contracting of the area’s platform vessel should start in 2021.
The executive added that Petrobras intends to use a contracting option called BOT in the tender for SEAP. In this modality, the winning bidder will build, operate for a specified period of time and then transfer the platform operation to Petrobras. “We are still in the final phase of internal governance for this approval”, added Lorrenzatto.
As a reminder, last year Petrobras conducted a long-term test (TLD) in the Farfan area, within the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin. It was the first test of its kind carried out in deep waters in the Northeast region. The activity took place from the FPSO Cidade de São Vicente, at a depth of 2,250 meters. In October 2020, the director of Institutional Relationship of the state-owned company, Roberto Ardenghy, declared that the results of the TLD were good and that the company is working “to enable the development of this area in the shortest possible time through partnerships with other companies”.
Still in 2021, Petrobras also hopes to end the bidding processes – already launched – for the FPSOs Mero 4 and the Integrated Project Parque das Baleias. According to comments in the market, only the Dutch SBM Offshore presented offers for the Mero 4 contract. According to Lorenzatto, the expectation is to sign the contract for the construction of this unit in the second half of 2021.
Still talking about the Mero units, FPSO Guanabara (Mero 1) is starting its commissioning activities in China and maintained the forecast for the start of production of the unit towards the end of 2021.