(ECNS) -- A newly renovated floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) built by a Chinese company has been put into operation and yielded oil for the first time at an oilfield operated by Brazil's Petrobras.
The vessel, currently the world's newest, is the 10th FPSO modified by China's Dalian COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry for Singapore's MODEC and is a refit from the 300,000-ton VLCC supertanker Flan, 332 meters long, 58.04 meters wide, and boasting a draft of 31 meters.
After being converted to FPSO, the vessel became a veritable "mega offshore oil processing plant", which is integrated with production processing, storage, unloading, personnel accommodation and operation command. It can work 2200 meters below the surface with daily processing of crude oil at 28,600 cubic meters, natural gas of 6 million cubic meters, and 24,000 cubic meters of water production respectively.
Dalian COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry said the world's first FPSO entering service not only shows China's core competitiveness in high-end deep-sea oil-engineering equipment manufacturing in the international arena, but further enhances collaboration of maritime engineering strategies between China and Brazil.