SembCorp's Brazilian Shipyard Garners PXML-1 Contract

Singapore-based SembCorp Marine said that its Brazilian shipyard, Maua Jurong, has secured a US$550-million engineering, procurement, and construction contract from Companhia Mexilhao do Brazil (CMB) for the construction of PMXL-1, a fixed gas production platform to be installed offshore Brazil.

Construction will commence immediately, with delivery ex-yard scheduled for no later than November 2008. Upon installation by the owner, Maua Jurong will undertake the hook-up and commissioning of the platform at the offshore location until first gas production at Month 36 of the contract and assisted operation up to Month 45.

The platform comprises a 12,000-tonne deck including a natural gas production plant designed to the capacity of 15 million cubic meters per day, with the topsides deck seating on a 180-meter-tall tubular structure jacket (weighting 10,500t) duly seated and piled to the seabed through 3,150t tubular steel piles (up to 120 meters long). Maua Jurong will fabricate the jacket and piles under owner’s furnished design. The topsides deck and process plant will be purpose-designed by Maua Jurong in conformance with the front end engineering design as provided by the owner.

PMXL-1 will be installed in172-meter-deep water in Brazil’s Santos Basin at the Mexilhao Gas Field, which is located 165 miles from the town of Caraguatatuba in the leading industrial state of Sao Paulo. It will be linked to a centralized network of gathering pipelines from a set of neighboring producing fields. From PMXL-1, the produced gas will be conveyed through submarine pipelines to the Petrobras-operated shore gas processing plant and forwarded to the National Pipeline Grid.

The Mexilhao Natural Gas production project is a key component of Brazil’s strategy to expand its domestic sources of natural gas—primarily from the Santos and Espirito Santo basins as well as associated gas from the huge oil production wells in the Campos Basin.

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