Yinson Production’s FPSO on its way to Brazil – gallery

A floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel destined to work at an oil field in the Santos Basin, has left a shipyard in Dubai, UAE, and set sail for Brazilian waters.

FPSO Atlanta; Source: Yinson Production

Enauta signed a contract with Yinson for the conversion of an existing production unit – purchased in February 2022 – so that the FPSO could be used for the Atlanta field’s Full Development System (FDS). In July 2023, Yinson exercised its option to buy the FPSO Atlanta through the purchase of all the shares of AFPS, which owns the vessel. 

Following shipyard works and sea trials, the FPSO Atlanta is now en route to the Atlanta field in Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil. According to Enauta, this is in line with the project schedule and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) for the FPSO is 45 days, which may vary depending on sea conditions.

Upon the vessel’s arrival, anchoring and submarine systems connection works are expected to start, with the first oil anticipated in August 2024. Yinson Production held a naming ceremony for the FPSO Atlanta at Dubai Drydocks World in Dubai on December 13, 2023.

Vinicíus Passos, Enauta’s Executive Deployment Manager, remarked: “This is one more milestone achieved, which marks the successful conclusion of FPSO Atlanta’s adaptation phase, with the aim of delivering the project on time and within budget. More than 2 years without any incident demonstrates the highest level of safety standards by the team that worked on adapting the vessel.”

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With a production capacity of 50,000 bopd, the FPSO will operate on the Atlanta field thanks to a 15-year, plus a five-year optional, lease and operate contract with a total value of up to $2 billion. Located in block BS-4 in the Santos Basin, at a 1,500-metre water depth, the Atlanta field is operated by Enauta Energia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, which also has a 100% interest in this asset.

This field has been in production mode since 2018 through an Early Production System (EPS), encompassing three wells connected to the FPSO Petrojarl I, which will continue operating on the field until the entry of the FDS in 2024 with six wells, reaching ten wells in 2029. 

Yinson claims that the FPSO Atlanta features an efficient carbon management process plant, which utilizes fuel gas for cargo tank inertisation that will significantly reduce flare gas emissions through a closed flare system. The plant is part of Enauta and Yinson Production’s continuous efforts to curb carbon emissions and be in the frontrunner spot in the race to decarbonize the FPSO industry towards the goal of net zero.

Scott Bendiksen, FPSO Atlanta Project Manager, commented: “With over 9 million-man hours worked without a lost time incident, safety has remained our top priority throughout every phase of the project. We look forward to seeing FPSO Atlanta contribute to Enauta’s operations in the Santos Basin, further solidifying our position as a trusted partner in the offshore energy sector.”

The FPSO Atlanta is the second of three FPSOs Yinson Production is delivering to clients in Brazil. The first vessel, the FPSO Anna Nery, is already in operation after achieving its first oil in May 2023, while the third FPSO is currently being built in China and progressing towards completion this year.

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Note: Edited on March 21, 2024, to include images and more information provided by Yinson Production.