P50 FPSO 2004

The P50 was my 2nd project for Brazil, but the first were I got the chance to actually live in Brazil and learn the country to know. My role as a coordinator for the yard towards suppliers of electrical, automation and telecom systems was completed after delivery of all this equipment, and installation of most of it. I left the project before the modules were completed, and never saw the ship arrive from Singapore. My photos from this project of general interest are limited, as I believe photos from the office would be of little interest.

The Maua Jurong shipyard can be easily seen when driving on the bridge from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi. The ship in the picture is not our P50, but P43, an FPSO built on the same principle as P50, using an old VLCC tanker as a basis and converting it into an FPSO. It now has all the oil processing and utility modules lifted onto the deck.

This is one of five modules being built by Maua Jurong shipyard for P50. It is basically a large e-house mostly filled with electrical switchgear and transformers. The lifting ongoung in the background is not for P50.

This is one of the sections of LV MCC (Motor Control Center) built by Siemens in Sao Paulo being lifted into the module. The fresh green color is a special Petrobras requirement. Petrobras is the end customer for the P50 FPSO and is the major oil company in Brazil.

(c) Thomas Høven 2004