Petrobras, SBM Offshore Strike Mero 4 FPSO Charter Deal

OE Staff
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has signed contracts with the Dutch FPSO specialist SBM Offshore for the chartering and provision of services of the FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão.

This will be the fourth definitive floating production system to be installed in the Mero field, located in the pre-salt area of Brazil's Santos Basin. 

The contracts for the lease and operation of FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão come after the duo signed a letter of intent for the FPSO in August. The unit is expected to start production in 2025.

The FPSO will be installed approximately 160 kilometers from Arraial do Cabo, in Rio de Janeiro, and will be capable of processing 180 thousand barrels of oil and 12 million cubic meters of gas per day. The contracts will last for 22 years and 6 months from the unit's final acceptance.

The project foresees the interconnection of 15 wells to the FPSO, 8 of which are oil producers, 6 water and gas injectors, 1 convertible well from producer to gas injector, through a subsea infrastructure composed of rigid production and injection pipelines and flexible service pipelines. To date, the project has had 4 wells drilled and 2 completed, Petrobras said.

The FPSO will be designed to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day and treat 12 million standard cubic meters of gas per day. Furthermore, the unit will have a water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day and a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.

Mero is a project under Libra Consortium responsibility, in which Petrobras is the operator with 40 percent and with the following partners: Shell Brasil with 20 percent, TotalEnergies with 20 percent, CNODC and CNOOC Limited with 10 percent each, together with Pré-sal Petróleo S.A. (PPSA) as manager of this contract.

SBM Offshore said Tuesday it was progressing with the design and construction using its standardized hull Fast4Ward program. SBM Offshore’s fifth MPF hull has been allocated to this project.

Per World Energy Reports (WER), the hull for the FPSO is under construction at CMHI in China. The hull was ordered by SBM Offshore on speculation in December 2019. In its recent FPSO report, WER said that Cosco looked likely to get the topsides contract. 

As previously mentioned, the FPSO Alexandre de Gusmão will be the fourth full production FPSO to be installed on the Mero NW complex through the mid-2020s. Mero Pilot, the 1st full production unit, has been leased from Modec. It is scheduled to begin producing in 2021. Mero 2 contract was awarded to SBM Offshore in June 2019 and is scheduled to begin production in 2023. Malaysia's MISC in August 2020 signed an LOI with Petrobras to supply an FPSO for the Mero #3 project.

Categories: Activity FPSO Floating Production South America Energy

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