Brazilian shipyard completes Mero FPSO modules

Brazil’s offshore construction specialist Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda (EBR) has completed the construction of two modules for the FPSO Guanabara MV31.

The FPSO is being built by MODEC Offshore Production Systems Singapore and will operate in the Mero field in the giant pre-salt region offshore Brazil.

EBR said on Friday that the modules, shipped on January 31 to China, would be used for the treatment and injection of seawater for incorporation into the unit’s process plant.

Maurício Godoy, CEO of EBR, said: “With the scope under the responsibility of EBR finalized, we loaded the modules exactly on the date defined by MODEC […]. With well-done management, we strictly fulfilled our commitment to the client, without any lost time injury.”

Luiz Felipe Camargo, commercial manager of EBR, added: “This project marks the beginning of EBR’s relationship with MODEC and proves our ability to deliver on time, with high quality and meeting strict safety standards.

“With the firm completion of the FPSO P-74, which led the company to win the award for the best supplier of the year for Petrobras, and now, with the load-out of the FPSO Guanabara MV31 modules on time, EBR takes over a prominent position to conquer new projects.

“We see a recovery in the offshore construction sector in the coming months, and EBR is well-positioned to participate in these opportunities.”

The contract for the fabrication and assembly of topsides process modules for the FPSO Guanabara MV31 was awarded to EBR back in January 2019.

The project started in the first quarter of 2019 and had a twelve-month delivery schedule.

As for the vessel, the FPSO Guanabara MV31 will be contracted by Petrobras through a lease and operate contract for the Mero field, where the FPSO unit will be installed. The FPSO is planned to be deployed at the Mero field in 2021 and the charter is for 22 years.

When completed, the FPSO Guanabara MV31 will have a processing capacity of up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day and 12 million cubic meters of gas per day.

The Mero field is located about 180 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro at a water depth of approximately 2,100 meters.

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