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VLCC converted into Petrobras FPSO for pre-salt exploration

13th September 2013

VLCC P-74 converted into 150,000 bpd FPSO to explore Santos Basin pre-salt layer

VLCC converted into FPSO for pre-salt exploration
Conversion activities on the P-74 are expected to be completed by August 2014. Copyright: Agencia Petrobras

Brazil’s Inhaúma shipyard is converting a very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessel into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit which will operate for Petrobras in the Santos Basin’s pre-salt area.


The conversion of the P-74 hull includes inspection of steel plates, the complete replacement of original equipment, and the manufacture and installation of 13 tons of new structures for the placement of modules, production lines and a new anchoring system, among others.


The P-74 measures 326.2 m length, 56.6 m width, 28.6 m height and has a storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels. Conversion activities are expected to be completed by August 2014.


In addition to working on P-74, the Inhaúma shipyard will also convert VLCCs P-75, P-76 and P-77 into FPSOs. Part of the conversion works on the three oil carriers was handled by China's Cosco shipyard


Each platform will have the capacity to produce 150,000 barrels per day of oil and 7 million cubic meters per day of gas.


All four platforms will explore pre-salt fields in the Santos Basin under the country’s onerous right transfer system.


Under the system, Petrobras may undertake E&P activities in given pre-salt areas at a limit of up to 5 billion barrels of oil and natural gas.

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