APRIL 15, 2014 — Prumo, a privately held Brazilian company developing the Açu Port in the north of the State of Rio de Janeiro says it has signed an agreement that will see Edison Chouest Offshore build an offshore logistics support base and ship repair yard for its own vessels at the Port. Able to receive up to 12 vessels and serving Chouest's current clients the base will be constructed at the port's T2 terminal, which serves the oil and gas sector.
"An offshore support base of the size that Chouest is going to build will represent an important anchor which will attract the entire chain of marine goods and services for the oil exploration industry to set up at Açu Port," said Prumo CEO Eduardo Parente, .
"In addition to its strategic location near Campos Basin and its excellent draftt, Açu Port is ready and has an area available in the surroundings, which makes it possible to expand our plant and bring in a chain of suppliers," said Gary Chouest, the CEO of Edison Chouest Offshore. "These qualities as a whole were fundamental to our choice."
Edison Chouest has signed an agreement to rent an area of 255,200 sq.m for the period of 15 years, renewable for three more periods of 5 years. The 440 meter wharf line can house up to 12 berths. The company can also increase its wharf line by 220 meters within 12 months and a further 220 meters within 18 months, enabling it to double its capacity and achieve a wharfline of 880 meters, able to house 18 vessels, and an area of up to 510,400 sq.m.
"The construction of this base at Açu Port is essential for the expansion plans of Edison Chouest in Brazil. It will enable us to serve our existing clients, but also to expand to serve new contracts that are in negotiation", said Ricardo Chagas, an officer of Edison Chouest.