The concept of a dynamically-positioned FPSO with offshore GTL capacity has been on the Brazilian state-controlled company’s agenda for several years, driven by a regulatory clamp-down on flaring.

Petrobras typically uses compact floaters in extended well test situations, gathering crucial information about reservoirs in emerging oil and gas plays, notably the giant pre-salt province.

The tests tend to be carried out in remote areas with little existing gas pipeline infrastructure

Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) has to authorise any flaring and often limits the burning of associated gas on EWT vessels, effectively capping production.