Keppel hires GE Power to supply electric modules for Brazil-bound FPSOs

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Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard has selected GE Power Conversion to design, supply and deliver two electrical modules for Petrobras’ floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) that will operate in Brazil. The FPSO vessels, coded P-80 and P-83, will be used for offshore energy production, and the integrated electrical module provided by GE Power Conversion will be the “heart” of the platform, supplying all the distributed energy to provide electric power for the entire FPSO operations. It will also house equipment that controls the vessel.

The modules will be constructed in Asia for anticipated delivery during 2024 and 2025 to Singapore for topside integration. The project execution strategy will be led by GE Power Conversion’s Asia team, which includes engineering, project management, and commissioning capability and leadership. GE Power Conversion’s LATAM team in Belo Horizonte will provide local engineering, project management, and supply chain support, recognising the importance of local content in Brazilian national projects.

GE Power Conversion’s scope of supply includes medium voltage and low voltage switchboards, motor control centers, high power transformers, and uninterruptible power supply for both P-80 and P-83 vessels. The company’s LATAM team brings expertise developed during the delivery of electrical modules to six of Petrobras’ FPSOs operating in the pre-salt area, including P-75 and P-77 in the Búzios field.

Philippe Piron, President and Chief Executive Officer at GE Power Conversion, said, “The world’s offshore energy production market continues to grow, and partnerships such as the one we have entered into with Keppel Shipyard Limited demonstrate GE Power Conversion’s position as a global player.” Piron continued, “GE Power Conversion is proud to be alongside our customers as the global offshore industry continues to evolve, and to be supporting them in delivering on energy efficiency and electrification as part of maritime and energy sector transition.”Petrobras plans to add more than FPSOs offshore Brazil in the next few years and will significantly increase its standing as a global energy producer.

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