NITEROI, Brazil – The Brasa shipyard in Brazil has announced the arrival of FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela. The SBM Offshore vessel berthed safely at the Niteroi-Rio based Brasa yard on Jan. 12, following a 10,625-nm (19,678-km) voyage from China.
Integration of the bare hull and topsides will begin at Brasa (a joint venture construction shipyard between SBM Offshore and Synergy), where 10 of the vessel’s 18 modules have been built.
This FPSO is the yard’s first project with 10 modules weighing a total of about 12,500 metric tons (13,779 tons). Cidade de Ilhabela is also the first FPSO to be integrated at Brasa’s quay No. 2. Three additional modules were constructed and delivered by EBSE, a Rio yard that SBM works closely with as part of its development of local content.
Once in operation FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela will be SBM’s largest FPSO with a total of 22,000 metric tons (24,251 tons) in topsides. She is the company’s second vessel in the Generation 3 model, engineered to the specifications of the presalt fields offshore Brazil. The first is FPSO Cidade de Paraty, which achieved first oil in June 2013. The next pair of SBM’s Generation 3 FPSOs under way are FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema, also for offshore Brazil.
Conversion work on the hull was completed in October 2013 in China, and the FPSO set sail in November for Brasa shipyard.