Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has secured multiple orders to supply its Maritime Protection Inert Gas Generator (IGG) systems for installation on vessels working offshore Brazil.
The company will deliver a total of eight dual-fuel Maritime Protection systems via contracting partner EEP to Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras for installation onboard a quartet of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) being converted to Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels.
The conversion of the VLCC hulls is scheduled take place in the Estaleiro Inhauma dry-dock where the IGG equipment, capable of operation both on marine diesel oil/gas oil and natural gas, will be installed. Once completed, the FPSOs will operate in the deepwater ‘pre-salt’ Santos Basin fields, 200km south of Rio de Janeiro.
This order is in addition to two similar systems delivered last year, and makes Brazil an increasingly important market for WTS, which will deliver the eight dual-fuel units between December 2013 and September 2014.
Maritime Protection Managing Director, Steinar Andersen said:
“We are delighted to be working with EEP/Petrobras on this order, which confirm Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions among the leaders in the supply of inert gas generator systems to the offshore sector. For Petrobras, the equipment is designed to last for the lifetime of these vessels and makes extensive use of stainless steel to ensure durability.”
Acquired by Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions in April 2013, Maritime Protection has over 40 years’ experience supplying inert gas systems to the maritime and offshore industries, with applications including oil tankers, LNG/LPG carriers, product tankers and rigs.
Press Release, August 29, 2013