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China-Brazil FPSO conversion project completed

20th June 2013

An FPSO recently converted from a tanker by COSCO is set to enter service offshore Brazil has been completed, following module integration in the country

China-Brazil FPSO conversion project completed
China's COSCO shipyard converted the FPSO P-63

A floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), recently converted from a tanker in China, is set to enter service in the post-salt Campos Basin offshore Brazil, Petrobras has announced.


The FPSO P-63 has now left the Quip/Honório Bicalho shipyard in the city of Rio Grande, Brazil, after the modules were integrated and platform was commissioned. The P-63 is one of the new units coming on stream in 2013 helping to increase oil production for Petrobras to reach the production target of 2.75 million barrels per day, forecast for 2017.


The P-63 was converted into an FPSO from the tanker BW Nisa, at the Cosco Shipyard in China. The unit arrived in Brazil in January this year for its final construction stages.


In total, 23 process plant modules were installed and interconnected. This was done by the Quip (Queiroz Galvão, UTC, Iesa and Camargo Correa) Consortium and BW Offshore, the Norwegian FPSO service provider, which employed about 1,500 workers at the height of construction.


With a capacity to process 140,000 barrels of oil per day and compress one million m3 of gas /day, the unit is going to the Papa-Terra field in the post-salt Campos Basin, operated by Petrobras in partnership with Chevron.


The FPSO P-63 will work together with the P-61 platform, the first TLWP (tension leg wellhead platform) of its kind built in Brazil, which is in the final stages of construction in Angra dos Reis (RJ).


According to Petrobras, additional work will be carried out on the P-63 in Ilha de Santana, in Macaé (RJ), because the subsea layout of wells needs to be changed to meet environmental licensing conditions.

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