The Cidade de Saquarema floating production, storage, and offloading vessel docked on Dec. 20 at the Brasa shipyard in Niteroi of Rio de Janeiro state, where lifting operations and integration of processing plant modules will be completed.
The 346.5-m-long, 32.6-m-high FPSO is slated to be anchored in 2,200 m of water in the central portion of Lula field in the Santos basin presalt. Operations from the unit will begin in the first half of 2016.
Converted from a very large crude carrier at CXG yard in China, the FPSO will have capacity to process up to 150,000 b/d of oil, compress 6 million cu m/d of gas, and store up to 1.6 million bbl of oil.
Lula field in Block BM-S-11 is operated by Petroleo Brasilierio SA (Petrobras) with 65% interest in partnership with BG E&P Brasil Ltda. 25% and Petrogal Brasil SA 10%.