Maersk Supply Service has secured a contract to provide pre-laying mooring anchors for the newbuild Mero 2 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility offshore Brazil.

The Mero 2 FPSO, with a processing capacity of up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day, will be deployed at the Mero field offshore Santos Basin.

The contract has been awarded by Libra Consortium, which operates production on the Libra block which contains the Mero oil field.

Work involves pre-laying 24 torpedo anchors on 2,000m of water depth at the Mero 2 Project. Each of the torpedo anchors weighs 120t and is 23m-long.

Maersk Supply Service will undertake all activities from engineering, procurement and offshore execution.

The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) work is planned to be executed over 2021 and 2022.

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The Mero deepwater oil field development involves multiple FPSOs. It is part of the Libra Production Sharing Contract (PSC).

Planned to be commissioned in 2023, the Mero-2 FPSO will be connected with up to 17 wells.

The Libra Consortium is operated by Petrobras with a 40% stake. Other partners include Shell Brasil (20%), TotalEnergies (20%), CNODC (10%) and CNOOC Limited (10%).

Maersk Supply Service in Latin America managing director Rafael Thome said: “This is one of the biggest projects of its kind to be awarded this year, and we are very proud to have won it.

“With this contract, we will be ramping up our activities in Brazil significantly and will be developing further our office in Rio de Janeiro.

“We look forward to working closely with Petrobras as the lead operator for Libra Consortium, and enhancing our solutions capabilities in the Brazilian market.”