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Bureau Veritas formalises guidelines for operating FPSOs and FPUs in Brazil

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Bureau Veritas (BV) has formalised guidelines and a classification notation for FPSOs and FPUs designed for operation in Brazil’s deepwaters.

Bureau Veritas formalises guidelines for operating FPSOs and FPUs in Brazil

The new Bureau Veritas class notation IVBS-BRA refers to the independent verification approach that Bureau Veritas is adopting in Brazil. This notation will help clients to demonstrate compliance with Brazilian regulations. The Bureau Veritas IVBS-BRA notation addresses the requirements to be implemented for offshore units, from design to operation.

The compliance requirements for all types of offshore installations, including FPSOs and FPUs designed to operate in Brazilian waters are governed by a range of national agencies addressing health and safety, environmental, and labour requirements. Helping ensure that these requirements are met is vital.

Regulations addressed include requirements issued by the National Petroleum; Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP); the Maritime Authority (DPC - Departamento de Portos e Costas); the Labor Inspection Secretary (SIT/ENIT - Secretaria de Inspeção do Trabalho /Escola Nacional da Inspeção do Trabalho); the Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA); the National Environmental Council (CONAMA - Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente); and others.

Marie-Françoise Renard, Commercial Director Offshore & Services at Bureau Veritas, said: ‘Brazil is a complex regulatory environment and clients are looking to demonstrate how they are addressing the requirements to operate safely in Brazilian waters. We have long been helping clients meet these requirements. IVBS-BRA formalises our approach and provides the necessary framework to demonstrate that requirements have been met.’

‘BV provides a wide range of compliance related services and support to help ensure clients are able to fully meet and implement the required regulatory scope for operations in Brazil in a manner that is fully integrated with the project classification process and all control processes.’

Image of FPSO built in 2019 now in service in Brazilian waters courtesy of Bureau Veritas.

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