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A Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the processing of hydrocarbons and storage of oil. An FPSO vessel is designed to receive hydrocarbons from nearby platforms or subsea templates, process them, and store oil until it can be offloaded onto a tanker or, less frequently, transported through a pipeline. Petrobras, Brazil’s semi-public Brazilian multinational energy corporation, is the largest company in the Southern Hemisphere by market capitalization and a major user of FPSOs around the world.
Two Petrobras FPSO units, designated P66 and P69, are currently being fitted with new topside modules which require structural bearings to support and fix them in place while accommodating specified movements and rotations. A large number of mageba bearings are being used for this, including 384 LASTO-BLOCK elastomeric bearings, many with ROBO-SLIDE sliding material, and 128 RESTON-POT HP bearings, some of them designed to resist uplift as well as downward forces. RESTON-POT HP bearings are the new “High Performance” version of the well-proven RESTON-POT bearing.
RESTON-POT HP, LASTO-BLOCK bearings
Brazil offshore industry
Lindel PTE Ltd