MODEC awarded ‘Búzios 5 FPSO’ letter of intent by Petrobras

Source: press release, 20 June 2019

The ‘FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba MV27’ is deployed for operation in the Lapa (formerly Carioca) oil field in the “pre-salt” region of the Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil (photo: MODEC)
The ‘FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba MV27’ is deployed for operation in the Lapa (formerly Carioca) oil field in the “pre-salt” region of the Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil (photo: MODEC)

MODEC, Inc. has announced that it has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) for supply, charter, and operations of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) for Búzios 5. The firm time charter period of the contract is 21 years.

This will be the 5th FPSO deployed at the Búzios field, however it is the first chartered production unit for the region. Búzios is one of the offshore oil and gas fields in Brazil which forms part of the Transfer of Rights agreement signed in 2010. The Búzios field is 100% operated by Petrobras and is situated 180 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the giant pre-salt region of the Santos Basin, Brazil, at a water depth approximately 1,900 metres.

MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilisation chartering and operations of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, Inc., a MODEC group company, will design and supply the spread mooring system for the floating unit.

The FPSO will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 212 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, 240,000 barrels of water injection per day and will have minimum storage capacity of 1,400,000 barrels of crude oil. The first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2022.

This is the 15th FPSO/FSO vessel which MODEC will provide in Brazil, as well as MODEC’s 8th FPSO in the pre-salt following the FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis MV22, the FPSO Cidade de São Paulo MV23, the FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24, the FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí MV26, the FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba MV27, as well as our two latest units, the FPSO Carioca MV30and FPSO Guanabara MV31, currently under construction.

The Búzios 5 FPSO will be delivered with Brazilian local content, following the successful experience of other projects in the country.

“At this time, we are extremely honoured that MODEC has been awarded the contract for the first chartered FPSO to be deployed at Búzios field,” comments Yuji Kozai, President and CEO of MODEC. “This most recent award represents a continued strong relationship of trust between our client Petrobras and us, and it strengthens our leading position as an offshore oil and gas production service provider in Brazil. We are committed to carry out this major project by cooperating closely with our client in order to contribute to the advancement of the energy industry in Brazil.”