BrasFELS lands pre-salt module awards

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Keppel FELS Brasil has won two FPSO engineering contracts valued at $299 million in total. One is from Single Buoy Moorings (SBM), the other from MTOPS, the joint venture company between MODEC and Toyo Offshore Production Systems.

The contract from SBM calls for fabrication and installation of six process modules and a riser gantry on the FPSO Cidade De Paraty, currently undergoing conversion at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. The work scope includes installation and integration of another six process modules supplied by SBM.

Work will get under way shortly at the BrasFELS shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. The vessel should arrive in 1Q 2012 with delivery scheduled for 4Q 2012.

The Cidade de Paraty will be deployed in the pre-salt region of the Santos basin. It will have production capacity for 120,000 b/d of oil, and gas compression at 5 MMcm/d (176.5 MMcf/d).

For the MTOPS contract, BrasFELS will fabricate and integrate topsides modules for the FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo MV23, including riser manifolds, laydown areas, pancakes/skids, and a flare tower. This program will start during the current quarter.

This FPSO will also be completed in late 2012, and will again work in the pre-salt Santos basin. It will have an oil production capacity of 120,000 b/d, and gas compression capacity of 180 MMcf/d (6.35 bcf/d), and storage for up to 1.6 MMbbl of oil.

BrasFELS currently is upgrading and repairing Noble's Brazil-based drillships, with delivery stretching into 2012.

In Singapore, Keppel FELS is on track for early delivery of Alpha Star, the second of two DSS 38 semisubmersible drilling rigs ordered by Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG). Alpha Star has been chartered by Petrobras for six years to support its exploration and production activities offshore Brazil.

The DSS 38 design was jointly developed by Keppel's Deepwater Technology Group and Marine Structure Consultants. It allows for drilling 30,000 ft (9,144 m) below the mud line in over 9,000 ft (2,743 m) water depth.

The rigs provide an operational displacement of over 38,000 metric tons (41,888 tons) and can accommodate 130 personnel. Features include vertical and horizontal riser storage, with eight 3 MW azimuth thrusters to keep the rig in position.

02/14/2011

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