FPSO Sepetiba embarks on journey to boost Brazil’s offshore oil production

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China’s BOMESC shipyard bid farewell to the FPSO Sepetiba on June 16 marking a significant milestone for SBM Offshore, one of the world’s leading providers of floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) units. 

The vessel embarked on its journey to the Mero field in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil after the successful completion of topsides integration and onshore commissioning phases.

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With a 22.5-year lease and operation contract secured with Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company, FPSO Sepetiba is expected to play a crucial role in bolstering the country’s offshore oil production. The Mero field, situated approximately 180 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, holds immense potential for oil extraction, and the FPSO’s deployment is a key step toward tapping into this resource.

The FPSO Sepetiba has an estimated production capacity of up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day. Additionally, it possesses a storage capacity of 1,400,000 barrels of oil, ensuring the efficient handling and transportation of the extracted resource. 

Upon arrival at the Mero field, the FPSO will undergo final installation and connection to the subsea infrastructure, enabling the commencement of oil production. The timeline suggests that first oil from Sepetiba is expected to flow in the second half of 2023. 

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