DNV Wins Classification of Petrobras FPSO P-62

DNV and Petrobras have signed a contract for the classification of the FPSO, P-62, which will operate in Module 4 of the Roncador Field in Brazil's Campos Basin. The deal follows a similar contract, signed earlier this year, for a VLCC to FPSO conversion and it gives DNV a 24 per cent market share of the country’s floating production units.

The classification contract for the conversion will last nearly five years and includes detailed design and front-end engineering review, survey of the hull and topside modules, system integration and offshore commissioning.

The FPSO will be spread moored in water depths of up to 1,600 metres and will be designed for at least 25 years of uninterrupted operation.

Oil production will come from 12 satellite wells (and two spare wells), each individually connected to the FPSO. The processing plant on P-62 will be able to handle 39,750 cubic metres of liquid and six million cubic metres of gas a day and the vessel will have capacity to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.

Most of the conversion and classification work for P-62 will be carried out locally. "Brazil is investing heavily in new yards and manufacturing plants to boost their offshore engineering capabilities and DNV now has 310 people working in the country, including more than 100 engineers to support them," said Eduardo Mezzalira, manager for maritime and offshore services at DNV's Rio de Janeiro office.

Over the last three years, DNV has certified over 4,000 welders in Brazil and they were the first company to implement procedures for certifying that the amount of local content specified in Petrobras contracts was met.

P-62 will be the ninth offshore floating unit owned by Petrobras that is built to DNV class. Currently there are 20 offshore floating units in DNV class operating in Brazilian waters.