FPSO Cidade de Maricá awaits departure for Lula field offshore Brazil

Offshore staff

RIO DE JANEIRO SBM Offshore says the FPSO Cidade de Maricá will depart soon from the Brasa shipyard and head to the presalt Lula field in the Santos basin, where it will be installed and operated for the next 20 years.

Her twin sister ship FPSO Cidade de Saquarema, which arrived in Brazilian waters in early November after the 57-day, 10,738-nautical mile (20,000-km) voyage from China, currently waits in Rio’s Guanabara Bay to take her turn at SBM Offshore’s Niteroi-Rio based joint-venture yard by year end. 

The module lifting campaign will begin immediately once the vessel is safely berthed at Brasa. Integration of the modules fabricated in Brazil will be followed by final commissioning before setting sail in 2Q 2016 to join Cidade de Maricá at Lula field in the Santos basin.
BM-S-11 block is under concession to a consortium comprised of Petrobras (65%), BG E&P Brasil Ltda. (25%), and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10%).

The FPSOs are owned and operated by a joint venture owned by affiliated companies of SBM Offshore (56%), Mitsubishi Corp. (20%), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (19%), and Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. (5%).  

Both vessels are carbon-copies, designed and being constructed from the blueprint of the mothership FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, which started production on Nov. 24, 2014. FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela is currently the deepest in the company’s operating fleet at 2,140 m (7,021 ft) and has the largest throughput capacity at 150,000 b/d of oil and the twins will have the same capacity.

Project Director John Perkins said: “The departure and arrival of the two FPSOs represent newsworthy milestones for SBM Offshore and a further step on the road to delivery. It demonstrates the company’s effective global project management for our conversions, which is being jointly conducted from our regional centers in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Monaco.

“The company is very proud to welcome Cidade de Saquarema to the quayside for the final integration of her modules and the team is ready for the next lifting campaign using the Pelicano-1 barge crane, which has already proven the quality work that can be achieved here in Brazil on the previous lifting campaigns for FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Ilhabela.”


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