Upon a request by the bidders in the tenders for the chartering of the FPSOs for pre-salt Libra and Sepia oilfields, Petrobras has decided to postpone the bidding deadline to February 11, 2016, according to reports by SINAVAL, the national shipbuilding industry union. The decision was made shortly after SBM was invited into the tender.
The FPSOs to be employed on Libra and Sepia fields are required to process as much as 180K barrels of oil per day, per tender documentation made available to the bidders back in August.
Production in the Libra and Sepia fields is planned to commence in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
As far as the local content regulations are concerned, the tender specifications set forth that an 80% share of local content shall be achieved by the winner of Libra and 70% by the winner of Sepia.
SBM Offshore, Modec and Teeekay have qualified to bid for both oilfields, whereas Bluewater, Bumi Armada, Saipem and Yinson (ex-Fred Olsen) have, in principle, qualified to bid for Sepia only, according to SINAVAL.
The original report by SINAVAL, is available here.