ABB delivers prefabricated solution for MODEC’s FPSO helping to meet tight schedule and minimize risk

Japanese MODEC fabricates an FPSO for deepwater Tartaruga Verde and Tartaruga Mestiça fields
Singapore, December 1, 2016 – ABB has installed a prefabricated solution for the electrical system of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will be deployed at the deepwater Tartaruga Verde and Tartaruga Mestiça fields, located about 112 kilometers offshore from Macaé, in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The FPSO Cidade de Campos dos Goytacazes MV29 is being fabricated by MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of MODEC, Inc that is a Japanese owner/operator and EPCI general contractor of floating production systems including FPSO. It will be the 11th FPSO unit that MODEC will provide for Brazilian fields, and the 9th to be operated by MODEC for Petrobras. It is also the 9th collaboration between ABB and MODEC. When it is operational towards the end of 2017, it will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels of crude oil, compressing 176 million cubic feet of gas a day and will have a storage capacity of about 1,600,000 barrels. It will also be able to inject 200,000 barrels of water a day into the reservoirs.

All of these operations will be powered by ABB’s electrical system. This was supplied in the form of E- house, a modular structure that arrived on site with medium and low-voltage switchgear and transformers already installed. ABB was able to overcome the challenge of fulfilling Brazilian local content requirement as well as the complexity in fabricating and integrating the module in China within tight schedule. The completed module weighs close to 1,000 tons and is equipped with lighting, heat tracing, fire suppression, and heating and ventilation systems.

Paul Singh, HUB BU manager of Oil, Gas and Chemicals business in Singapore, said: “The complete and timely delivery of our part of this project is a testimonial to our commitment to taking ownership of our projects, improving schedule and minimizing risks.”

The FPSO will be owned by a consortium comprised of Japanese companies, MODEC, Inc., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Marubeni Corporation. It will be chartered by Petrobras for 20 years under a charter agreement. The FPSO will be moored in 765 meters of water depth and will be capable of accommodating up to 62 risers and umbilicals.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.



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