SBM addresses malfunctions at Deep Panuke, Brazil FPSO

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MONACOSBM Offshore says it is playing its part to help the industry lower the cost of deepwater development

Various advances have led to increased client engagement, with positive signs for the offshore industry in the medium term, the company adds.

In March, the company’s Deep Panuke production platform offshore Nova Scotia, leased and operated on behalf of EnCana, experienced a malfunction of its flare stack.

The facility was shut down for repairs which were completed in late May, within the 120-day contractual allowance. 

Also during the period, the FPSO Cidade de Paraty offshore Brazil experienced a temporary production interruption due to a compressor malfunction.

SBM Offshore has put in place contingencies, including a spare compressor, to mitigate any future impact.

Further, on June 28 at an onshore third-party natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, an explosion led to intermittent shutdowns of the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft semi in the Gulf of Mexico due to pipeline capacity constraints.

Last month the FPSO Cidade de Saquarema was formally on hire to Petrobras after achieving first oil and the completion of a 72-hr continuous production test leading to final acceptance.

The FPSO Turritella is on location in the Gulf of Mexico and the United States Coast Guard’s Certificate of Compliance was issued on July 29. Ready for start-up is the next step in supporting well operations before commercial production and first oil.

SBM Offshore’s charter contract includes an initial period of 10 years, extendable up to 20.


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The FPSO Cidade de Paraty can process 120,000 b/d of oil and 176 MMcf/d of gas. (Photo courtesy Petrobras)

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