MODEC Inc. said Dec. 26 that FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba MV27 achieved first oil production on Dec. 19 in the Lapa oil field in the Santos Basin's presalt.

Lapa Field is formerly Carioca Field, the company said. 

The FPSO is leased to Guara BV, a Consortium BM-S-09 affiliate, on a 20-year charter contract. Consortium BM-S-09 is  responsible for Lapa's production development, and comprises operator Petrobras and its partners.

The FPSO can process 100,000 barrels (Mbbl) of oil and  177 million standard cubic feet per day of gas. It can store 1.6 Bbbl of oil. It is working in water depths of 2,126 m.

MODEC said this FPSO is the 11th it has delivered to Brazil's oil and natural gas sector, and the fifth it has delivered to the presalt region.

The FPSO’s new-build hull was constructed by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.  constructed the FPSO's newbuild hull, and several locations in Asia constructed the topsides process modules and related structures. The FPSO was installed, integrated and commissioned in Singapore and Brazil.