Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Petrobras Aims for Dependable Subsea Production using Topsides-free Technology

In a bid to support reliable subsea production, Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has selected Curtiss-Wright Corporation to supply a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The North Carolina-based company has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for the subsea canned motor boosting system.

The two companies are collaborating on the development of a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid that includes a mixture of oil, gas and particulates. The system will be operational at a 1,500-meter water depth and designed for a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture, and water-based testing at its Pennsylvania facility, while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.

The collaboration is expected to allow Curtiss-Wright to leverage its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. According to Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allows for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels. This aligns with Petrobras’ objective of an all-electric subsea boosting system to enable long tie-back production arrangements. Additionally, the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, which aligns with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.

It is anticipated that the first subsea canned motor boosting system will be ready for operation in 2027.

By Editor

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