Orseal extend their FPSO portfolio in Brazil

21 October 2019

Floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) systems are showing sustained global growth with more than 30 FPSO projects set to pass final investment decisions during 2019 – 2021 and Orseal are expanding their presence in this field, having recently competed delivery on the first of their valve package contracts for Libra MV31 in Brazil.

A Dutch company established by MODEC, MV31 has a long-term charter agreement with Petrobras for the deployment of the FPSO, as leader and operator of the Libra consortium. Chartered for 22 years and named FPSO Guanabara MV31 the FPSO will be deployed in 2021 at the Mero field, located in the Libra block in the giant “pre-salt” region of the Santos Basin, approximately 180 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and at a water depth of approximately 2,100 metres. Liaising with their client and with their own supply chain in the face of global competition, Orseal secured the valve package contract for this FPSO project, the first of several contracts to be fulfilled by Orseal for MV31.

FPSO Guanabara MV31 will be capable of processing 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 424 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, 225,000 barrels of water injection per day, with a storage capacity of 1,400,000 barrels of crude oil. MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation, and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. Through their Special Projects Division, which undertakes customized valve design and manufacture, Orseal supplied valves ranging in size from ½” to 8”, both manual and actuated. Super duplex valves, with class ratings from 150 to 600, the package included ball, butterfly, globe, and swing check valves, c/w 100% NDE/NDT to all the valves and ball and butterfly valves fitted with pneumatic spring return actuators and full controls. All actuated valves were carefully mounted on the valve with full functional testing as required by the client whose personnel carried out all inspection with Orseal Special Projects experts on-hand to address any questions and answer to the products’ capabilities and specifications. The full document package was thoroughly checked and reviewed for compliance and, after inspection, the relevant valves were painted to the client’s specifications, with delivery to their premises in China, on time and to their exact specification.