Shell do Brasil, the Brazilian arm of British energy major Shell, has engaged Modec to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for an FPSO vessel.  

This FPSO is intended for deployment in the Gato do Mato oil and gas field development offshore Brazil. 

The Gato do Mato FPSO will be anchored at a depth of around 2,000m, approximately 250km from the Brazilian shoreline.  

MODEC’s responsibilities include designing the FPSO’s hull and the associated topside facilities.  

The vessel is expected to utilise a SOFEC Spread Mooring system for its mooring operations. 

The FPSO will store the produced stabilised crude in its tanks, with the oil being offloaded to shuttle tankers for market distribution.  

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Discovered in 2019, the Gato do Mato field is situated in blocks S-M-518 and Sul do Gato do Mato, at a water depth of around 2,070m. 

According to GlobalData, the project is in the approval stage and is due to commence commercial production in 2026, with the final investment decision (FID) anticipated in 2025.  

The Gato do Mato conventional oil development will involve drilling an estimated ten wells. 

Peak production from the Gato do Mato project is projected for 2027, with operations expected to continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2065.  

Shell holds a 50% interest and serves as the operator of the project, alongside partners Ecopetrol with a 30% stake and TotalEnergies holding 20%. 

MODEC president and CEO Hirohiko Miyata said: “MODEC is proud to be working on its 19th FPSO for Brazil and our second for Shell in Brazil. This milestone indicates the strong relationship between the two companies, which now spans more than 20 years. We are excited about performing this FEED study for Shell.” 

Japanese company MODEC has delivered 16 FPSOs to Brazil and is currently constructing two more.  

The FPSO Gato do Mato will be the second unit MODEC delivers directly to Shell for operations in Brazil.