Fugro awarded Jumbo positioning contract for deepwater Mero 1 offshore Brazil

Source: press release, 21 April 2021

Jumbo Maritime’s ‘Fairplayer’ vessel
Jumbo Maritime’s ‘Fairplayer’ vessel (photo: Jumbo Maritime)

Fugro is providing positioning and construction support services for Jumbo Maritime, an offshore installation contractor, on the Mero 1 deepwater field development located approximately 180 kilometres off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

Using their Starfix® Navigation Suite and augmented reality QuickVision® camera system, Fugro is supporting Jumbo in the safe and efficient installation of 35 subsea torpedo piles and 24 mooring lines down to water depths of 1,980 metres. This critical infrastructure will be used to anchor the Mero 1 floating production unit and associated equipment.

The work is being performed onboard Jumbo’s Fairplayer heavy lift crane vessel and is estimated to last 6 months. In addition to pre- and post-lay surveys of the piles and mooring lines, Fugro’s Starfix and QuickVision solutions will provide real-time positioning for subsea construction and installation activities without needing any hardware mounted on the subsea infrastructure, an approach which reduces risk, increases spatial awareness and streamlines workflows.

Rogerio Carvalho, Country Manager for Fugro in Brazil, says, “Fugro’s global reach and advanced technology, combined with our resources and experience from the Netherlands and Brazil, were key to securing this contract. Having overcome many challenges in planning the operations for this project amid the constraints caused by COVID-19, we’re excited to now be supporting Jumbo on this important deepwater development.”

Mero field is under a Production Sharing Agreement with the Libra Consortium, which comprises Petrobras as the operator (40% share), Shell Brasil (20%), Total (20%), CNODC (10%) and CNOOC Limited (10%). The consortium also includes Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA) as manager of the Production Sharing Contract.