Next Sapinhoá floater leaves Brazil shipyard

Offshore staff

NITEROI, Brazil – The FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela has sailed from the Brasa shipyard for sea trials ahead of service on Petrobras’ Sapinhoá field in the Santos basin presalt block BM-S-9.

Of the FPSO’s 18 modules, Brasa fabricated 10, with a total weight of around 12,500 metric tons (13,779 tons). It also performed integration of the hull and topsides using its own heavy-lift crane barge.

According to Cidade de Ilhabela’s co-owner and operator SBM Offshore, the vessel has passed all necessary audits and inspections and has sailed to an anchorage for sea trials and preliminary acceptance.

SBM’s joint venture partners are Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás and Mitsubishi. They will operate the vessel under a 20-year lease contract for Petrobras and its block partners BG and Repsol YPF.

Brasa will next receive the twin FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.


FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela
(Photo courtesy Steferson Faria)

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