Constructing the P-57 for Petrobas, our largest FPSO project to date, was a truly global team effort, with SBM OFFSHORE teams in Monaco, Schiedam, Houston, Rio and Singapore working around the clock to deliver our first turnkey project for a valued client.
The P-57 project set new records, with more than 65% of all works completed locally in Brazil – despite the unique challenges involved in producing a large, complex FPSO with high production capacity and a deepwater spread-mooring system.
We were contracted to undertake engineering, procurement and construction works, including a 3-year operations agreement, the contract also stipulated 65% participation of Brazilian vendors and yards. We rose to the challenge presented by these parameters, working hard to establish new strategic partnerships at a local level with several new partners and accommodating Brazilian regulations in addition to international standards.
We put together a hugely experienced SBM OFFSHORE team – bringing together a wealth of design, execution and operating experience to ensure that lessons learned were re-applied on a project where there was little margin for error. As a result we delivered the FPSO 2-months ahead of schedule in just 34 months, with all works completed in four yards: the Keppel and Dynamac yards in Singapore and UTC Engenharia and BrasFELS in Brazil.
The P-57, a spread-moored vessel with capacity to offload forward and aft, is the largest FPSO we have constructed to date. It has a daily production capacity of 180,000 bopd, total gas compression capacity of 71 MMscfd and topsides weighing 14,500 tonnes.
Design of the spread mooring system, which involved the use of 21 mooring lines of varying lengths, presented us with a unique technical design challenge. However the single the greatest challenge we faced, and overcame, was building successful relationships with new vendors and yards in Brazil – all of which had their own preferred working methods.