MODEC has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Shell related to the Gato do Mato project offshore Brazil. According to the deal, MODEC will be responsible for the design of the hull and associated topsides of the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

The Gato do Mato FPSO will be moored by a SOFEC spread mooring system, almost 250km off the coast. It will be tied at a water depth of approximately 2,000 metres.

Plans for Gato do Mato envisage the installation of an FPSO with oil and gas processing capacities of 90,000 barrels per day (b/d) and 8.5 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d), respectively. The unit, which would have an oil storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels, would be linked to four production wells, four gas injection wells and two water injectors.