Oslo-listed floater specialist BW Offshore has locked in a Chinese yard for the engineering, procurement and construction for the hull of the floating production, storage and offloading vessel destined for Shell’s Gato do Mato pre-salt development offshore Brazil.

Earlier this year field operator Shell awarded Norwegian floater specialist BW Offshore a limited notice to proceed for early-stage engineering covering the supply of the FPSO for Gato do Mato.

Shell is expected to announce a lease and operate contract to a consortium comprising BW Offshore and Italy’s Saipem.