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GE Power Conversion will supply an Electric Module for a Petrobras FPSO platform vessel destined for one of the largest energy projects on the planet

April 29, 2022 1:15 pm to 1:15 pm
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Winning the contract is based on the success of six similar GE Power Conversion modules already installed in other Petrobras FPSOs operating in the pre-salt area

Sao Paulo, April 29, 2022 — GE Power Conversion was chosen by Saipem, a multinational oilfield services company, to develop the Electric Module of the platform ship (FPSO) named P-79, by Petrobras, which will be used in the production of oil and gas. The module will be manufactured in Asia and delivered in 2023 to the integration shipyard in South Korea. The FPSO is scheduled to start operations in the Búzios field, in the Santos Basin, in 2025. Búzios, located off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, is considered the largest deepwater oil field in the world.

What does this contract encompass?

The partnership between GE Power Conversion and the Italian contractor Saipem for the delivery of the Electric Module encompasses the supply of medium and low voltage distribution boards, as well as high power motor and transformer control centers for the P-79 vessel with high degree of local content. The Electric Module that will be supplied by GE Power Conversion is considered the heart of the platform, as it provides all the energy to power the entire FPSO, in addition to housing the equipment that controls the vessel. The Module can be compared in size to a three- or four-story building, weighing approximately 2,000 tons, 25 meters high, 22 meters wide and 33 meters long.

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“GE Power Conversion has already delivered Electric Modules for six FPSOs belonging to Petrobras and operating in the pre-salt area, including the P-75 and P-77 in the Búzios field, with a similar scope to what will be supplied for the P -79. GE’s proven track record in demonstrating technical expertise for the FPSO’s demanding operational profile has been a key success factor in securing this important contract.” said André Ribeiro, Commercial Leader for the maritime sector at GE Power Conversion in Latin America.

GE Power Conversion in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, is responsible for managing the design, engineering and manufacturing of the electrical equipment for the Electric Module, which, in turn, will be assembled by the Wasco Shipyard, in Indonesia, and then installed in the platform ship, at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) in South Korea. After assembly, installation and commissioning of the equipment, the FPSO will sail from South Asia to the Brazilian coast.

“This is a truly global effort, highlighting GE's commitment to its customers and its ability to produce equipment in Brazil, with a high level of local content and meeting all the requirements of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ( ANP) for offshore installations”, says Carlos Adriano Guimarães, Sales Director for GE Power Conversion in Latin America.

About GE Power Conversion

The Power Conversion business, a business unit of GE Power, applies energy conversion science and systems to help drive the transformation of the world's electrical infrastructure. Designing and delivering advanced motor drive and control technologies that help advance today's industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. GE serves specialized industries through customized solutions and advanced technologies. For more information visit:

Source: GE Power Conversion Press Office / JeffreyGroyp

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