SEPETIBA Oil Production Vessel on its Way From Tianjin to Brazil


The “SEPETIBA”, one of the world’s largest FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit) vessels, assembled by China, was shipped to Brazil from the northern port city of Tianjin.

According to its general contractor Tianjin BOMESC Offshore Engineering Company Limited, the FPSO vessel will be used for oil and gas extraction and offsite transportation in the Mero oil field in the Santos Basin.

“SEPETIBA” is a floating production system that integrates offshore oil and gas production, storage, offsite transportation, housing and power facilities.

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The vessel is 333 meters long, 64 meters high and 60 meters wide. Her main deck area is roughly the same size as 3.5 standard football fields. The boat has an empty weight of 93,000 tons. It can meet operational requirements at a depth of 2,000 meters in Brazilian waters.

The vessel can produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day and has a daily gas treatment capacity of 12 million cubic meters. It can also store 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.

Xu Lipin, manager of the company’s project operations center, said that as the vessel is the first FPSO project assembled in Tianjin, it has an export value of nearly USD 1 billion.

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The company was established in the Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone in 2009. To date, it has delivered 17 FPSO vessels to Petrobras, Brazil’s national oil company.

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