BrasFELS delivers FPSO to operator ahead of schedule

19 November 2012 (Last Updated November 19th, 2012 18:30)

Keppel FELS Brasil's yard in Angra dos Reis (BrasFELS) has delivered floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Cidade de Sao Paulo to the operator Modec and Toyo Offshore Production Systems (MTOPS).

Keppel FELS Brasil’s yard in Angra dos Reis (BrasFELS) has delivered floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Cidade de Sao Paulo to the operator Modec and Toyo Offshore Production Systems (MTOPS).

The FPSO, the first of two FPSO projects that BrasFELS is carrying out for MTOPS, has a production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day and is able to compress five million cubic metres of gas per day. It has storage for 1.6 million barrels of oil.

In addition to the integration of onboard systems, BrasFELS fabricated, assembled and installed the riser manifolds, laydown areas and the flare tower on the FPSO, which arrived at the yard in the fourth quarter of 2011.

MTOPS, a joint venture between Modec and Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO), will immediately start operating the FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo for Petrobras and its partners in the pre-salt region of the Santos Basin, said Keppel.

The company said MTOPS has awarded a bonus of around $2m for good safety and for delivering the FPSO 19 days ahead of schedule.

Keppel FELS Brasil president and chief executive officer Kwok Kai Choong said the early delivery of FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo shows good teamwork and understanding between the companies.

"We are also thankful for these safety and early delivery bonuses, which are great encouragements to our efforts to ensure safe, prompt and high-quality services for all our customers," Choong said.

Modec project manager Richard Matten said that BrasFELS worked well with the company’s project team to ensure the safe and prompt turnaround of the FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo project.

"Presently, we are working with the yard on another project, FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba," Matten said.

The FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2014, will have a production capacity of 150,000 barrels per day and a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of oil.