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China ships a US$1 billion oil production vessel to Brazil

The 93,000 tonne Sepetiba is bound for offshore oil fields in the Santos Basin and is capable of producing 180,000 barrels per day.

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The 93,000 tonne Sepetiba is bound for offshore oil fields in the Santos Basin and is capable of producing 180,000 barrels per day.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

The Sepetiba, a Chinese-made oil production vessel, was shipped from Tianjin to Brazil last week, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading) vessel is reportedly bound for Petrobras’ Mero field in the Santos Basin and capable of producing up to 180,000 barrels per day. 

Its builder, Tianjin BOMESC Offshore Engineering Company, describes Sepetiba as a floating production facility, integrating oil and gas production, storage, living and power facilities. 

[See more: CNOOC steps up oil production off the coast of Brazil]

Xu Lipin, manager of the company’s project operations centre, said the vessel had an export value of nearly US$1 billion. 

The 93,000-tonne Sepetiba has a length of 333 metres and a main deck area is approximately the same size as 3.5 standard football fields. It has a daily gas treatment capacity of 12 million cubic metres and can also store 1.4 million barrels of crude oil. 

Tianjin BOMESC Offshore Engineering Company has so far delivered 17 FPSO vessels to Petrobras, Xinhua says.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

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