FPSO Cidade de Marica Arrives in Brazil from China for Integration Works

SBM Offshore reported Thursday the arrival of FPSO Cidade de Marica at BRASA, Brazil. The SBM Offshore vessel berthed safely at the Niteroi-Rio based yard July 9. She had arrived in Brazilian waters mid-June, following her 10,625 nautical miles (Nm) or 19,678 kilometers voyage from China.

FPSO Cidade de Marica is one of two carbon-copy FPSOs being constructed from the blueprint for FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, the mother ship, which sailed from Brasa to commence production in November 2014. The FPSO is the deepest in SBM’s operating fleet at 7,021 feet (2,140 meters) and has the largest capacity at 150,000 barrels per day of oil.

Just returned from an onboard visit to FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, SBM Offshore Chief Operating Officer Philippe Barril commented: “We are happy with the progress to date on Marica and we look forward to the delivery of the FPSO to our client once the BRASA scope is completed. We expect her to follow in the footsteps of her mother ship FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, which has been successfully producing offshore Brazil for eight months and is an example of the world-class standards to which SBM aspires. All our teams are working hard to achieve our delivery target for Marica, the third pre-salt FPSO in the series of four that SBM is providing to Petrobras.”

Project Director John Perkins says “The arrival of FPSO Cidade de Marica to BRASA represents a newsworthy milestone for SBM Offshore and a further step on the road to delivery. It demonstrates SBM’s effective global project management for her conversion, which is being jointly conducted from our Regional Centers in Holland, Monaco and Brazil. As a joint venture partner with Synergy in BRASA shipyard, SBM is very proud to welcome her to the quayside for the final integration of her modules.”

Conversion work on the hull and some module integration was completed in China before she set sail in April for Brazil. Cidade de Marica is the second FPSO to moor and be integrated at BRASA shipyard since it opened in 2012.

Project Manager Martijn Kleijn says “Integration of the hull and topsides will take place at BRASA where some of the modules have also been fabricated. The yard is ready to begin the module lifting phase using the yard’s Pelicano-1 barge crane. Additional modules were constructed and delivered by EBSE, a Rio yard that SBM works closely with as part of its development of local content solutions.”

FPSO Cidade de Marica and FPSO Cidade de Saquarema

The FPSO Cidade de Marica is destined for the Lula field in the pre-salt province offshore Brazil. BM-S-11 block is under concession to a consortium comprised of Petrobras (65 percent), BG E&P Brasil Ltda. (25 percent), and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10 percent). Her sister ship – FPSO Cidade de Saquarema which is currently in the CXG yard in China from where Marica sailed – is also destined for the same field and is being converted in parallel. Planned delivery for FPSOs Cidade de Marica and Cidade de Saquarema is expected respectively by end 2015 and early 2016. SBM Offshore’s contract with BM-S-11 subsidiary Tupi BV is for the 22-year charter and operation of the two FPSOs.


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