Dalian Shipping Industry Company (DSIC) has held a keel laying ceremony for MODEC's FPSO vessel (FPSO-8) to be deployed at Equinor's Bacalhau field offshore Brazil on 15 June 2021.
The Chinese yard is contracted to construct the FPSO hull and living quarters. MODEC is responsible for the design and construction of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. Aibel and BOMESC are fabricating the topside modules in Thailand and China respectively.
Topside modules will be transported to Singapore at the end of 2022 for integration on board the hull. The FPSO measuring 339.5 m long, 64 m wide and 33 m deep will have a storage capacity of 2 MMbbl of crude oil. It will be designed to produce up to 220,000 b/d of crude oil, produce and inject 530 MMscf/d of gas, and inject up to 200,000 b/d of seawater. The floater will be permanently moored at a water depth of around 2,050 m (6,726 ft) by a SOFEC supplied spread mooring system. The Bacalhau field is located in BM-S-8 and Carcara North blocks of the Santos Basin. Equinor operates the field with a 40% interest, in partnership with ExxonMobil (40%) and Galp (20%).