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    Double christening ceremony in Singapore

    News // September 7, 2000
    Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine, has christened two offshore units, the Petrobras 40 and the Petrobras 38.

    "This double christening ceremony is a major step forward in the history of Jurong Shipyard" said Mr Wong Kok Siew, Chairman of SembCorp Marine.

    "The Petrobras 40 is the world's largest floating production unit and together with the Petrobras 38, the pair will be the backbone of the production facilities for the giant South Marlim oilfield, which is situated near Rio de Janeiro", said Mr Wong.

    "Earlier this year Jurong Shipyard also delivered the Petrobras 37, which set a record of producing the first oil in two months from its arrival at Brazil," added Mr Wong.

    Jurong Shipyard was awarded the two conversion projects by Maritima Petroleo e Engenharia of Brazil.

    The P-40 conversion involved the conversion of the world's largest derrick crane semi-submersible, the ex-DB-100 into the Floating Production Unit (FPU) now renamed Petrobras 40.

    The P-38 conversion involved the conversion of the VLCC World Eminence into the Floating Storage Offloading unit (FSO) renamed Petrobras 38.

    Petro Dia 1 and Petro Dia 2, owners of Petrobras 40 and Petrobras 38 respectively, are subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan that awarded the contract to FPSO Construction Inc and FSO Construction Inc.

    FPSO Construction Inc and FSO Construction Inc in turn assigned Maritima Petroleo e Engenharia the contracts for the EPIC Management of the P-40 and P-38 conversion works.

    Mr Eduardo Nunez, the project manager for Maritima said, "Jurong Shipyard managed the tough job of simultaneously constructing the three platforms (including P-37) excellently. They handled the physical conversion works for all the projects, involving the total naval works and the integration of the process plant skids". He further added, "they did an outstanding job in meeting the stringent Petrobras specification requirements, through strict process control and quality control."

    On delivery, the completed Petrobras 40 and Petrobras 38 will be chartered to Petroleo Brasileiro - Petrobras. The Petrobras 40 and Petrobras 38 will be deployed at the South Marlim Field and will be connected to the subsea wells via flexible pipelines and umbilicals.

    Petrobras 40 is the world's largest FPU and will be deployed in waters 1,800m deep. The unit has a processing capacity of 150,000 bopd, gas compression of 6.0 MMNc3/d and water injection at 35,000 m3/d. The 13-column converted semi-submersible will operate at the South Marlim Field, Campos Basin, Brazil, and will be permanently moored by a 16-line taut-leg mooring system. It has been designed and constructed for uninterrupted production, without dry-docking, for 20 years.

    Petrobras 38 will provide a deepwater storage facility in 1,800m of water with internal turret mooring. Petrobras 38 has a storage capacity of 1.9 million barrels, and will be operated by Petrobras at the South Marlim Field, Campos Basin, Brazil.

    An eight-line single point internal turret mooring system will permanently moor the unit. It is designed and constructed for uninterrupted production without dry-docking for 20 years.

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