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Orseal wins valve package contract for FPSO system offshore Brazil

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Industrial valve solutions provider Orseal has recently completed delivery on the first of two valve package contracts for Libra MV31 in Brazil.

Dutch company MV31 has a long-term charger agreement with Brazilian oil major Petrobra for the deployment of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, as operator of the Libra consortium.

Chartered for 22 years, the FPSO Guanabara MV31 will be deployed in 2021 at the Mero field, located in the Libra block in the pre-salt region of the Santos Basin, located around 180km offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at a water depth of 2,100m.

Orseal secured the valve package contract for this FPSO project; it represents the first of several contracts to be fulfilled by Orseal for MV31.

The FPSO will process 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day, in addition to 424 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and 225,000 barrels of water injection per day. The facility has a storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.

MODEC, which established MV31, is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilisation, installation and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems.

Orseal’s special projects division supplied valves ranging in size from 0.5-8 inches, both manual and actuated. Super duplex valves, with class ratings from 150 to 600, the package included ball, butterfly, globe and swing check valves.

Commenting on the award win, Champak Fakira, contracts and sales director at Orseal, said: “The competition for this contract was very tough and it’s a testament to Orseal’s track record that we were selected – both for this and for the forthcoming deliveries we have scheduled in Brazil and China.

“For large projects such as these, we carry out full pre-delivery inspection services at the supplier’s site – working globally – ensuring that when our client receives their goods there will be no major setbacks with their own planned delivery.

“As part of a global supply chain on large-scale projects, our expertise in the oil and gas sectors and the range of products we offer set us apart from our competitors and it is gratifying to see this belief reflected in significant contracts such as these FPSO projects.”