Petrobras leased the P-53 from CDC, which in turn hired a group made up of Brazilian engineering companies Queiroz Galv„o, Ultratec and IESA to convert the Settebello ship into the FPSO.
The P-53 will have capacity to produce 180,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of natural gas a day.
Britain's Rolls Royce will supply the power generation unit and US engineering company Dresser-Rand will provide the natural gas compression unit.
CDC will invest about US$950mn in the FPSO, which is scheduled to start producing oil in Marlim Leste in 2008.
Marlim Leste is 120km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state at a water depth of 1,250 meters. Heavy crude was discovered there in 1987. According to the original Marlim Leste project, the P-53 will be linked to 15 production wells and nine injection wells.
Output will be taken to shore through an underwater line and a pumping platform known as PRA-1 that has also been contracted by Petrobras.
The P-53 will replace current trial production that is being carried out on the fixed P-26 platform.
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