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Shell (Enterprise) Bijupira Salema

Shell Enterprise Bijupira Salema


Landmark: Shell's Bijupira Salema is Brazil’s first turnkey subsea project.

The Bijupira and Salema Fields were discovered in 1990 and are located 150 miles (250 km) east of Rio de Janeiro. The blocks range in water depths from 1,580 to 2,900 ft (480 to 880 m). The fields have combined estimated recoverable reserves of around 170 mmbo. The partnership between
FMC Technologies and MODEC International supplied the FPSO vessel and turret, flowlines, riser system, controls, manifolds and tie-in systems.

The FPSO receives hydrocarbons from the subsea wells, gathered around two centers on the seabed some 3 miles (5 km) apart and can process up to 70,000 bopd. The Bijupira Salema development has a total of three production and two water-injection manifolds. The FPSO’s turret has space for 15 risers, three umbilicals and two spare slots. The vessel is secured to the seabed by nine mooring lines, giving the vessel the ability to weathervane. Artificial lift is required to raise the reservoir fluids to the surface for processing by the injection of high-pressure seawater.

The development is significant because of two major reasons. First, it is one of Brazil’s first major fields developed by a foreign operator. Second, it is one of the first turnkey subsea developments in Brazil, where a single group (FMC Technologies and MODEC) has provided most of the hardware.

  • Contract Award: 2001
  • Sales: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fabrication: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Service Base: Macaé, Brazil
  • Host Type: FPSO
  • Contract Type: EPC