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MODEC Secures FEED for Shell’s Gato Do Mato FPSO Project in Brazil

Last Updated on 01st April 2024

MODEC, one of the top FPSO companies in the world, secured Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) for Shell's  Gato do Mato Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) project in Brazil. The FPSO will be moored at a water depth of approximately 2,000m, some 250km off the coast of Brazil.

 

MODEC Secures FEED for Shell’s Gato Do Mato FPSO Project in Brazil

 

The FPSO will have a SOFEC Spread Mooring System, and MODEC will be in charge of designing the hull and all related topside facilities. Shell is still evaluating the proposed development solution for the project, and the final investment decision (FID) is expected in 2025.

 

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The FPSO Gato do Mato would be the second unit delivered directly to Shell by MODEC for operation in Brazil. MODEC has previously delivered 16 FPSOs to Brazil and currently has two more under construction. The stabilized crude is stored in the FPSO tanks, and the oil is offloaded to shuttle tankers for distribution. MODEC President and CEO, Hirohiko Miyata, expressed delight in securing the FEED project, stating, "MODEC is proud to be working on its nineteenth FPSO for Brazil and our second for Shell in Brazil."

 

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Project Scope

Under this contract, MODEC is tasked with the design of the hull and all related topside facilities for the FPSO. The FPSO will be moored at a water depth of approximately 2,000 meters, about 250 kilometers off the coast of Brazil. A SOFEC spread-mooring system will likely moor the FPSO. The FPSO will store the stabilized crude produced in its tanks, and the oil will then be offloaded to shuttle tankers for market distribution. This project is MODEC's 19th FPSO for Brazil and its second for Shell in Brazil.

 

SOFEC Spread Mooring System 
SOFEC spread mooring system is a type of mooring system used to keep offshore vessels, typically Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units, in position. Unlike single-point mooring systems, which use a single connection point, spread mooring systems use multiple mooring lines  attached to the seabed at various points around the vessel 

 

Read: FPSO vs. FSO: Understanding the Key Differences and Applications

 

Project Objectives:

 

Design and Construction

MODEC is responsible for the design of the hull and all related topside facilities for the FPSO. This includes the design and construction of topside processing equipment and hull machinery.

 

Production and Storage

The FPSO will produce and store the stabilized crude in its tanks. The FPSO is designed to produce approximately 125,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

 

Offloading to Market

The stored oil will be offloaded to shuttle tankers for market distribution.

 

Long-term Operation

The FPSO is designed with a lifecycle of 25 years, ensuring long-term operation and production.

 

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