The company responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the FPSO P-57 is Single Buoy Moorings (SBM) which have a team in Brazil for seven months devoted exclusively to the P-57 project. After going through severe tests at WEG’s facilities in Brazil, the products were shipped to equipment manufacturers in Brazil and Switzerland or sent directly to the shipyard in Singapore where the ship is being converted and where most part of the products provided will be integrated to the platform.
In this way, WEG completes another important round in becoming one of the main players on the highly demanding offshore segment. “The joint work between SBM and WEG is not just a partnership, it is a strong relationship with a common aim. The P-57 is a great and complex project with a tight schedule and the two companies are side by side with close communication between them and with Petrobras”, declares Jean-François Labrunie, FPSO P- 57 - Package Manager of SBM. The P-57 FPSO, anchored by SMS (Spread Mooring System), was designed to produce oil and gas on the Jubarte field and will be installed at a waterdepth of 1,300 meters.
The package provided through WEG FRANCE has Medium Voltage Panels, Low Voltage Panels, MCCs (Motor Control Centers), and Medium and Low Voltage Dry Transformers, among other supervision and security subsystems. Through several OEMs, the supply is completed by motors for gas compressors suppied to MAN Turbo in Switzerland; motors for water pumps supplied to SULZER in Brazil and motors for general application pumps supplied to KSB in Brazil. All these products are ABS certified and, when required, classified area certified according to Brazilian and International standars.
“It is Petrobras’ characteristic to work close with supplies since each project is a new challenge, a new barrier to clear. We can’t overcome everything alone.
On P-57, where the national content requirement is very high, proximity is a determining factor. And WEG is not only a Brazilian company, it is an outstanding company all around the world: structure, working environment, engineering and quality are very positive aspects that we have taken into consideration”, says Claudio Jacyntho, Platform Sector Manager of Petrobras.
P-57 will be the largest FPSO provided by SBM Offshore. The project planning allows it to be accomplished in just 35 months from the reception of the letter of intent until it is ready for installation at the end of 2010. The FPSO P-54 below is a good example of how P-57 will look like.