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SHIPPING & MARINE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Keppel christens first FPU built entirely in Brazil

The Floating Production Unit called P-56 will be delivered to Petrobras Netherlands BV on time and within budget.

Also, P-56 achieved 9 million man-hours without lost time incidents. With a displacement of 50,000 tonnes, it measures 110 metres in length and width, and 125 metres in height.

Brazilian President HE Dilma Rouseff witnessed the christening of P-56 by congresswoman Luiza Erundina at Keppel FELS Brasil's BrasFELS shipyard in Angra dos Reis. Also present were the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Mr Sergio Cabral, Petrobras' President Mr Jose Sergio Gabrielli, Keppel's management and over 8,000 Brazilian shipyard workers.

Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman of Keppel O&M and non-resident Ambassador of Singapore to Brazil said, "We are proud to be able to support Brazil and Petrobras as they grow their fleet of highly capable production units. Through our near market, near customer strategy, Keppel remains committed to Brazil and her comprehensive oil and gas development programme to increase output from Brazilian oil fields with significant local content."

When completed, P-56 will be capable of processing and treating 170,000 barrels of liquids and 100,000 barrels of 16º API oil, 6 million cubic meters of natural gas, and of injecting some 280,000 barrels of water in the reservoir. P-56 will be positioned at depths of 1,670 metres off the Marlim Sul field in the Campos basin.

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