SCHIEDAM, Netherlands -- The FPSO Espirito Santohas arrived in Brazil, according to SBM Offshore. The FPSO, part of the BC-10 development, will be hooked up to an anchoring system in water depth of 1,780 m (5,840 ft). Hook up will be followed by installation of subsea flowlines, risers, and umbilicals.
The FPSO is designed to produce 100,000 b/d of oil with gravity ranging from 16º API to 42º API, and to treat up to 45 MMcf/d of gas for injection or export. It will be the first turret moored FPSO in the world using steel catenary risers for fluid transfer, the company says. SBM Offshore in joint venture with MISC will also operate the unit offshore Brazil.
Vessel refurbishment and conversion including turret and topsides integration were performed in Singapore, during a 19-month period in the Keppel Tuas shipyard.
Offshore installation of the FPSOEspirito Santo will be performed by the Normand Installer, a vessel jointly owned by SBM and Solstad, which has been specifically designed for deepwater FPSO installation and hook-up activities.