Hatenboer-Water installs RO desalination plant aboard FPSO Pioneiro de Libra
Water technology supplier Hatenboer-Water has installed three reverse osmosis (RO) fresh water units aboard the Pioneiro de Libra oil production vessel built by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.
The Pioneira de Libra is a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, chartered to the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
The vessel left Singapore recently and is heading to the Santos basin, where it will produce oil and natural gas in the ultra-deepwater section of Brazil’s Santos Basin.Pioneira de Libra set sail on March 28 from the Singapore yard to her resident Libra field in Brazil.
Dilution water and potable water
The reverse osmosis (RO) units desalinate seawater for different applications on board. Two water makers are installed topside (on top photo) and produce 480 cubic metres dilution water for the oil separation and stabilisation process.
These two generators are installed on top of the vessel in heavy duty box frames suitable for a hazardous Ex Zone 2 area.
The third water maker is installed in the hull. This particular two-stage RO-unit supplies potable water with a salinity suitable for domestic use. A neutralising filter downstream the RO-unit prevents corrosive side effects and improves water taste.
The Pioneira de Libra is a former shuttle tanker, the Navion Norvegia, and is converted to a production vessel at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore.
FPSO Pioneiro de Libra can operate at water depths of up to 2,400 meters, with a production capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil per day and daily compression capacity of four million cubic meters of gas.
This news item was originally published on the website of Hatenboer Water.
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