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Shell (SHEL) Picks Subsea 7 for Retiring Brazilian Project

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Shell plc (SHEL - Free Report) has awarded a sizeable contract to Subsea 7 (SUBCY - Free Report) , a leading provider of offshore services, for the decommissioning of subsea infrastructure associated with the FPSO Fluminense offshore Brazil. The contract marks a landmark in the lifecycle of the Bijupirá and Salema fields, located in the Campos Basin at a depth of 700 meters.

FPSO Fluminense: A Key Production Hub

The FPSO Fluminense, a vessel with a rich 49-year legacy, played a key role as a production hub for the Bijupirá and Salema fields since its commissioning in August 2003. As the production phase of this venerable vessel draws to a close, Shell has assigned Subsea 7 with the responsibility of safely decommissioning the subsea infrastructure, including 10 flexible risers, three umbilicals and nine mooring lines.

Commencement of Offshore Work

The offshore work, scheduled to commence in December 2023, will involve the careful disconnection, recovery and disposal of the aforementioned components. Subsea 7's expertise in decommissioning operations, coupled with its track record of delivering complex projects in Brazil, makes it an ideal partner for Shell in this endeavor.

Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

The project aligns with Shell's commitment to sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. Subsea 7 will employ industry-leading practices to minimize the environmental impact of the project and ensure the responsible disposal of all recovered materials.

Setting a Precedent for Responsible Decommissioning

The collaboration between Shell and Subsea 7 underscores the significance of responsible decommissioning practices in the offshore oil and gas industry, ensuring environmentally sound and efficient disposal of the associated infrastructure.

The decommissioning of the FPSO Fluminense sets an example for other operators in the region, demonstrating the companies’ commitment to minimizing the environmental footprint of their offshore operations. This strategic collaboration goes beyond a singular project. It establishes a benchmark for other operators in the region.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Currently, both SHEL and SUBCY carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Liberty Energy is valued at $3.32 billion. LBRT currently pays a dividend of 20 cents per share, or 1.02% on an annual basis.

LBRT is a leading provider of hydraulic fracturing and other auxiliary services to North American onshore exploration and production companies.

Oceaneering International is worth approximately $2.11 billion. In the past year, its shares have risen 43.1%.

The company provides engineered services and products, and robotic solutions to the offshore energy, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment industries worldwide.

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