FPSO Anna Nery was formally named by Yinson Holdings Berhad ("Yinson") and its project partner Sumitomo Corporation ("Sumitomo") during a major naming ceremony held simultaneously in Jiangsu, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A specialised event website broadcasted live feeds from the two venues to a global audience.
FPSO Anna Nery is currently undergoing final conversion works and is going to set sail for Brazil in Q3, where it will be deployed at the Marlim Field located in the eastern part of the Campos Basin, about 150km offshore Rio de Janeiro. The asset will be stopping for a few days in Singapore and Mauritius for crew change and fresh supplies.
The naming ceremony was graced by Mdm Bah Kim Lian, Lady Sponsor of the FPSO. Also in attendance in Kuala Lumpur were Yinson Group Executive Chairman Mr Lim Han Weng, General Manager of Sumitomo’s Energy Department Mr Wataru Sato and Petrobras General Manager, Marcio Mattoso de Padua giving a recorded speech, alongside Yinson’s Board Members and Management Committee and other senior representatives from Sumitomo, Petrobras and key banking partners. The Jiangsu event, held pier-side at the Cosco Qidong shipyard, was attended by FPSO Anna Nery Project Manager Scott Bendiksen, Chairman & President of Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry Liang Yanfeng, and Managing Director of Cosco Shipping Li Rong as well as the Yinson and Cosco project team and crew.
Notably, by building resilience through collective efforts, construction progress on the FPSO Anna Nery project remained relatively unimpacted by the various challenges brought about by the pandemic and stringent movement restrictions in China. Safety-wise, the project maintained Zero LTI over 7-million-man hours – an excellent achievement by any standard and even more so given the volatile external environment.
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Yinson Production Chief Executive Officer Flemming Grønnegaard said, “This milestone provides confidence that Yinson has the ability to continue delivering responsible solutions to meet the world’s increasing energy demands, even in challenging circumstances. FPSO Anna Nery is our maiden asset in Brazil, and the first of three Brazil-bound offshore production projects that Yinson is currently undertaking. We are humbled by the trust that Petrobras has placed in us to deliver on this important energy infrastructure project and we look forward to achieving final delivery.”
Project Manager Scott Bendiksen said, “This naming ceremony is truly a celebration of adaptability, tenacity and teamwork between Yinson, our partner Sumitomo and our client Petrobras, together with our key bankers, vendors and subcontractors. With the construction phase in Cosco now almost completed, and ongoing commissioning works we will endeavour to achieving first oil as per the original contract schedule.”
Sumitomo Corporation General Manager of Energy Department Wataru Sato commented, “Sumitomo is honoured to be part of this landmark first FPSO in Brazil by Yinson and we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all contributors for their dedication and hardwork. We are confident that FPSO Anna Nery will perform well in the Marlim field.”
Petrobras General Manager of FPSO Projects Marcio Mattoso commented, “Petrobras congrats Yinson and all the parties involved in the achievement of such important milestone. Petrobras highlights that the FPSO Anna Nery will boost the production of Marlim Field, which is the first Petrobras Revitalization Project, and the unit is planned to commence its operation in the first quarter of 2023.”
Letters of Intent for the FPSO Anna Nery project were awarded to Yinson by Petrobras in October 2019, followed by firm contracts execution in March 2020. In April 2020, Sumitomo participated in the project with a 25% stake. The estimated aggregate value of the FPSO Anna Nery project is USD5.4 billion, with a contract period of 25 years from the date of the final acceptance.