Cidade de Anchieta (Baleia Azul)

Client: SBM Offshore

Process: Sulphate Removal

Country: Brazil

Contract Description: Supply of Sulphate Removal System

Contract Date: May 2010

Contract Completion Date: September 2011

SRP Capacity: 126,000 BPD (20,060 m3/day)

Sea Water Conversion: 75%

Sea Water Feed Quality: 35,177 (tds)

Product Water Output Quality: <100mg/l sulphate


Project Description:

The project is for the design and supply of a seawater treatment plant sized for 126,000 BPD (20,060  m3/day) of low sulphate water for the SBM FPSO to be installed in the Baleia Azul field, Campos Basin,  Brazil.


Project Scope:

 A single lift module arrangement comprising: Guard Cartridge Filtration, HP Feed Pumps, Sulphate Removal Membrane System, Chemical Dosing Systems, Control System, Manual & Control Valves, Piping, Valves and Field Instrumentation.


Process Description:

Inlet feed is treated by a set of cartridge filters to provide fine filtration down to 5µm prior to the membrane trains. The set of cartridge filters supplies feed water for two (2) trains.

The conditioned water, boosted to the required feed pressure, enters the Sulphate removal trains. Each membrane train is fitted with pressure vessels containing SR90-440i nanofiltration elements. A recovery of 75% is achieved by a 2:1 brine staged configuration. Brine reject from the process is discharged overboard, while the low Sulphate permeate is routed to a vacuum type deaerator package (provided by others and located off the module), where oxygen is removed by mechanical and chemical means. A dedicated clean in place (CIP) package, consisting of cleaning tank, heater, pump and cartridge filter vessel is provided for membrane cleaning purposes.