Petrobras Awards Deepwater Contracts to Technip

Petrobras has awarded two ultra-deepwater contracts to supply two fields located in the Santos Basin pre-salt area, offshore Brazil, the French oilfield services supplier reported Monday.

Technip will supply the Sapinhoá Norte field and Lula field (former Tupi field), both located at a water depths of up to 8,200 feet, with some 62 miles of flexible pipes for oil production, gas lift and gas injection, as well as related equipment for the pre-salt area that is to be installed on floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units.

The gas injection top risers supplied by Technip have been designed the firm's research and development team at its Flexi France plant in Le Trait, France. They, and other equipment, will be manufactured at Flexibras Açu, Technip's new flexible pipe manufacturing plant in Brazil, with production starting during the first quarter of 2014.

Remaining equipment for the project will be manufactured at Flexibras Vitória, while Technip’s operating center in Rio de Janeiro will carry out engineering and project management.

Technip COO Subsea Frédéric Delormel commented in a company statement:

"Developing a pre-salt field means bigger challenges and requires strong innovation. At Technip, we strive to ensure this technological excellence and continually improve high reliability, generating value for the energy industry. In addition to our know-how, we are uniquely positioned with vertically-integrated activities, from the manufacturing to the installation of flexible pipes. Keeping strong focus on quality, we look at the future and are preparing for tomorrow, today, as reflected in our intense R&D efforts or in our new plant in Açu."


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