Offshore floating energy project manager, MODEC, has placed a contract with Austria’s Palfinger Marine GmbH to supply two wire luffing lattice boom cranes for the largest floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit ever delivered to Brazil.
The FPSO, designed to produce 220,000 barrels of oil a day, will be moored on the Equinor-operated Bacalhau field in the Campos Basin, about 185km off the Brazilian coast. Palfinger will supply the two DKS2500 cranes in February 2022. They will have a maximum lifting capacity of 35 tonnes, a maximum outreach of 50m, and will be of similar design to the cranes supplied by Palfinger for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup field.
Radames Moreira, a Palfinger marine application engineer, commented: “We are looking forward to maintaining our fruitful and long-standing cooperation with MODEC by yet another exciting project. In fact, it is the fifth MODEC FPSO vessel operating in Brazil that is going to be outfitted with Palfinger offshore cranes.” Equinor’s partners on the Bacalhau field are ExxonMobil (40%) and Petrogal Brasil (20%). Production is expected to begin in 2023-24.