Brazil’s Petrobras has sent a notice to the semi-submersible accommodation OOS Tiradentes to resume operations in the Campos offshore oilfield, following a suspension of operations of all such vessels due to Covid-19
Managed by CIMC Raffles asset operation management centre, OOS Tiradentes is scheduled to have its annual DP test in early August, after which it will provide offshore accommodation service for the production platform Petrobras P-40’s campaign in early September. This will make it the first accommodation vessel in the region to resume operation.
OOS Tiradentes has been operating in Brazil for Petrobras for the past two years, since its initial approval survey.
Petrobras decided to suspend the operation of the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels and their supporting accommodation platforms in Brazilian waters as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Besides Covid-19, the low oil price environment has also impacted operations. Petrobras reduced operational staff levels to 50%, with interruptions at 38 oil and gas fields since February. In discussing its Q2 earnings results in July, Petrobras reported it had “decided to mothball 62 platforms that operate in shallow waters, as prices do not cover variable costs.”
During this time, CIMC Raffles asset operation management centre has worked with its ship managers, OOS International, and contractors to overhaul two of the thrusters on OOS Tiradentes to ensure its upcoming operational efficiencies.
CIMC Raffles asset operation management centre supports offshore asset management under the CIMC Group.