The FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela sailed away from the Niteroi-Rio based Brasa shipyard yesterday, enroute to block BM-S-9 at the Sapinhoá Field offshore Brazil to fulfill a 20-year contract for Petrobras (45%), BG E&P (30%) and YPF Repsol (25%).
The FPSO is owned and will be operated by Joint Venture partners SBM Offshore N.V., Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A.(QGOG) and Mitsubishi Corporation and since January of this year, has been going through the integration of her hull and topsides with the help of Brasa’s heavy lift crane barge, the largest in Latin America.
SBM Offshore notes that of the FPSO’s 18 modules, the yard fabricated 10 – weighing a total of about 12,500 tons.
For Brasa, the completion of this project was a significant achievement considering the yard has only been in operation since July 2012. Rodrigo Gomes, Business Development Manager at Brasa notes that two more FPSOs are on their way to the yard including the FPSO Cidade de Maricá and her twin, FPSO Cidade de Saquarema. “Brasa´s capacity to deliver two FPSOs simultaneously, clearly exemplifies the success behind the local content policies set forth by Brazilian regulation,” notes Gomes.
Estaleiro Brasa was developed to support the growing demand in the construction and oil exploration industry and is a 50:50 partnership between Brazil’s Synergy Group and Dutch offshore services provider SBM Offshore.