Technip was awarded by Petrobras a major contract for the supply of flexible pipes for the Iracema Sul (former Cernambi Sul) field, located in the Santos Basin pre-salt area, Brazil, at a water depth of up to 8,202 feet (2,500 meters).
The contract covers the qualification and supply of up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) of flexible pipes for oil production, gas lift, water and gas injection as well as related equipment for the pre-salt area to be installed on the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Cidade de Mangaratiba. The highly technological flexible pipes are designed to meet Petrobras’ requested service life. Gas injection pipes are designed for high internal pressure, using the Teta profile developed by Technip’s R&D team in its Flexi France plant in Le Trait, France.
Technip’s operating center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will perform the engineering and project management. The flexible pipes will mainly be fabricated at Technip's existing manufacturing plant in Vitória, with some specifications also being produced at the new manufacturing plant at Açu, Brazil. The first delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2014.
Frédéric Delormel, Technip’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of Subsea, stated: “Technip is honored to participate in such an important and challenging development for Petrobras and for Brazil. Thanks to the collaboration of our R&D teams notably in Brazil and France, we are at the forefront of frontier projects and this contract confirms the suitability of flexible pipes for high-pressure and corrosive fluids requirements found in ultra deepwater pre-salt conditions and also reinforces Technip’s leading position in the buoyant Brazilian subsea market, where we have been present for more than 35 years.”
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