Photo: FPSO Almirante Barroso; Credit: CHUN YEAU NG; Source: Petrobras

MODEC’s new FPSO hits the road to Brazil

Japanese FPSO operator MODEC has seen its new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel set sail from China to Brazil to work in the pre-salt Santos Basin for the country’s energy giant Petrobras.

Converted from a very large crude carrier (VLCC) and delivered by COSCO Shipping Dalian in China, the FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32 started its navigation towards Brazil last Sunday, MODEC informed earlier this week. This will be the fifth FPSO vessel deployed at the Petrobras-operated Búzios field.

FPSO Almirante Barroso
FPSO Almirante Barroso; Credit: CHUN YEAU NG; Source: Petrobras

MODEC was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization chartering, and operations of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, was in charge of the design and supply of the spread mooring system for the floating unit.

Announcing the vessel’s journey, MODEC said that, after arriving in the country, the giant vessel will continue to be commissioned in the city of Angra dos Reis, in the southern region of the Rio de Janeiro state.

The Almirante Barroso MV32 – which will have the capacity to produce up to 150,000 barrels of oil and process 6 million cubic meters of gas daily – is the 15th platform built by MODEC for the Brazilian offshore.

Petrobras said in a separate statement on Tuesday that the FPSO is scheduled to start production in 2023. However, information on MODEC’s website indicates that the first oil was previously scheduled for 2022. The duration of the charter period is set at 21 years.

As detailed by Petrobras, following the vessel’s departure from the yard, it was scheduled to carry out navigation tests for five days in Chinese waters, after which it will make stops in Singapore and Mauritius, where it will supply and change the crew, until its arrival in Brazil at the BrasFELs shipyard, in Angra dos Reis (RJ), in October. Once there, the final stage of commissioning and acceptance tests is scheduled.

FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32 - MODEC
FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32; Source: MODEC