New FPSO offloading systems

IHC Merwede has announced that it has signed two new contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) delivery of offloading system packages for five floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The first of these packages will be placed on to one of MODEC's FPSO vessels under its lease agreement with Petrobras. The others have been ordered by the Brazilian offshore shipbuilding company, Estaleiro Enseada do Paraguaçu SA (EEP) for the conversion of four additional FPSO vessels for Petrobras.

Each FPSO offloading system package will be supplied by IHC Merwede's Offshore division and will consist of two offloading hose reel assemblies, two tandem mooring systems, one emergency offloading station, two hydraulic systems and other ancillary equipment.

All five FPSO vessels will be capable of processing around 150,000 barrels of oil per day. They will have a storage capacity of around 1.6 million barrels each, and will be moored in the deepwater fields located in the Santos Basin, off the coast of Brazil. The new IHC Merwede-supplied systems will allow the FPSOs to offload approximately one million barrels of oil to shuttle tankers within a 24-hour period.

"We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with MODEC, and this is set to continue thanks to the reliability and efficiency of our production processes and products. In turn, this has been recognised by EEP, which has entrusted IHC Merwede with a valuable order that will provide the technology innovator with an additional base for direct deliveries into the Brazilian market", says René Raaijmakers, IHC Offshore's Commercial Director.