U.S. classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has revealed that a floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will work on a field offshore Brazil, will be operated under ABS Class.

ABS said in a statement on Thursday that the FPSO Atlanta, contracted by Enauta to Yinson for conversion to service the Atlanta field offshore Brazil, will be operated under ABS Class.

Matt Tremblay, ABS Vice President, Global Offshore, remarked: “This is a significant, complex asset capable of operating in ultra-deepwater offshore Brazil today. Through our focus on safety and innovation, we are able to continue demonstrating our leadership in Brazil, where more than 60 per cent of all FPSOs in service are ABS classed.

“This is not only down to our long-standing leadership in offshore classification but our deep knowledge of the Brazilian regulatory environment and the experience to support clients in achieving regulatory compliance.”

According to ABS, this FPSO, which is currently being converted in Dubai Drydocks World, including structural upgrades, refurbishment and enhancement of equipment, will have a production capacity of 50,000 BOPD, 12.4 MMscfd gas, and a storage capacity of 1,800,000 bbl.

Formerly known as OSX-2, the vessel was converted in 2013 under ABS Class to operate in the Waimea field in Brazil but never started operations.

As previously reported, Enauta entered into an agreement for the purchase of FPSO OSX-2 for the Definitive System (DS) of the Atlanta field in January 2022, and this purchase deal was closed in February. 

In addition, the company inked a firm contract with Malaysia’s Yinson for the conversion of an existing production unit for the FPSO to be used for Atlanta’s Full Development System (FDS) – approved in February 2022 – under the same terms as specified within the Letter of Intent (LoI) from December 2021.

With estimated reserves of 106 MMbbl, the Enauta-operated Atlanta field is located in block BS-4 in the Santos Basin, at a 1,500-metre water depth.

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