Brazil’s Brasa shipyard celebrates arrival of FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela
NITEROI, Brazil -- The FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela berthed safely at the Niteroi-Rio based Brasa yard on January 12, 2014. The vessel arrived in Brazilian waters following a 19,678 km voyage from China.
Integration of the bare hull and topsides will commence at Brasa—a joint venture construction shipyard between SBM Offshore and Synergy—where 10 of the vessel’s 18 modules have been built.
“The yard has been up and running since July 2012 and Ilhabela is the yard’s first project with ten modules weighing a total of about 12,500 tonnes being built here,” says project manager Martijn Kleijn.
Cidade de Ilhabela is the first FPSO to be integrated at Brasa’s quay number two. Three additional modules were constructed and delivered by EBSE, a Rio yard that SBM works closely with as part of its development of solid local content solutions.
Once in operation FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela will be SBM’s largest FPSO with a total of 22,000 tonnes in topsides. She is the company’s second vessel in the Generation 3 model, engineered to the specifications of the pre-salt fields offshore Brazil. The first is FPSO Cidade de Paraty which achieved first oil in June 2013. The next pair of SBM’s Generation 3 FPSOs under way are FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema also for offshore Brazil.
Conversion work on the hull was completed in October 2013 in China and she set sail in November for Brasa shipyard.