SBM Offshore updates in the works of three FPSOs ordered by Petrobras

SBM Offshore announced to the market this week its financial and operational balance sheet for the first half of the year. One of the main highlights of the report concerns the updates in the works of three FPSOs ordered by Petrobras (Sepetiba, Almirante Tamandaré and Alexandre de Gusmão). In these three projects, the company is at different stages of installing topside modules.

In the case of FPSO Sepetiba, the vessel has already left the shipyard in China for Brazil, as reported in June. The company has already successfully completed the topsides integration phase and the onshore commissioning campaign. As a reminder, the FPSO will have the capacity to produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day and will be able to store 1.4 million barrels of oil. The unit’s first oil, in the Mero field, is scheduled for the end of this year.

Meanwhile, at the FPSO Almirante Tamandaré works, the survey campaign for the topsides modules is progressing along with their integration. Construction of the FPSO continues on schedule, with delivery scheduled for 2024 and first oil from the field in early 2025. FPSO Almirante Tamandaré will be the sixth definitive production unit in Buzios, in the Santos Basin pre-salt. The unit will have a daily processing capacity of 225,000 barrels of oil and 12 million m³ of natural gas.

Finally, SBM also reported advances in the manufacture of modules for the FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão. Part of this equipment is being built in Brazil, at the EBR shipyard, and is progressively being delivered to the shipyard responsible for integration, in China. The other part of the modules is also being built in China and continues to progress. The unit’s first oil is scheduled for 2025. The FPSO will have a processing capacity of 180,000 barrels of oil per day and 12 million m³ of gas per day.

SBM also added that the decommissioning phase of FPSO Capixaba has begun, after the unit’s production shutdown in 2022. In May 2023, the contract for the safe and environmentally correct recycling of the unit, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1257 /2013 on ship recycling, was granted to the company M.A.R.S. (Modern American Recycling Services Europe). The activities will take place in a green recycling facility in Denmark.

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