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Petrobras orders two FPSO platforms

18th September 2013

Platforms P-75 and P-77 will explore the Santos Basin pre-salt layer

Petrobras orders two FPSO platforms
Foster speaks in Porto Alegre during signing of contract for construction of platforms P-75 and P-77. Copyright: Agência Petrobras

Petrobras on Monday announced an agreement for the construction of two floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) units which will operate in the Santos Basin pre-salt layer, as part of the oil giant’s plans to double oil production by 2020.

 

The order for platforms P-75 and P-77 was signed at Palácio Piratini, in Porto Alegre, with the RIG Consortium, which is formed by Queiroz Galvão, Camargo Correa, and IESA. The ceremony was attended by the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and Petrobras CEO Maria das Graças Silva Foster.

 

The FPSOs will each be able to produce 150,000 barrels per day. They will be deployed in the transfer of rights blocks in the Santos Basin pre-salt layer, along with FPSOs P-74 and P-76.

 

The vessels intended to have their hulls converted to the P-75 and P-77 are at the Cosco Shipyard, in China, undergoing hull preparation services. They are expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro in the second half of 2014, where the conversion works will be performed at the Inhaúma Shipyard.

 

The RIG Consortium will be in charge of building the modules of and integrating both platforms. The work will be done at the Honório Bicalho shipyard, in Rio Grande.

 

In her address, Foster said that in 2013 Petrobras will conclude eight platforms that will help the company achieve the goal of doubling production by 2020. “We have 90 per cent contracted in order to be able, in 2020, to double what we produce today, in other words, to reach 4.2 million barrels,” she said.