Petrobras to Launch P-55 Tender this Month



Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) will launch tenders this month to build its P-55 semi-submersible platform, news agency Agencia Estado quoted Jose Antonio Figueiredo, Petrobras E&P manager for the south and southeast regions, as saying.

P-55 bidding was cancelled in January because offers were too high, according to the company.

Petrobras will open access to its dry port under construction in Rio Grande do Sul state for companies interested in building the P-55.

P-55 will be ready in 2012, said Figueiredo, adding deadlines to submit offers will be in September.

Bids to build the P-57 platform are also due in September in time for 2011 project completion.

P-56

Petrobras wants to conclude talks with the Keppel Fels-Technip consortium to build the P-56 platform. If successful, the contract will be signed by August in time for P-56 to start operations in 2010, said Figueiredo.

The P-57 FPSO vessel and P-55 were designed for the Roncador and the Jubarte fields respectively, BNamericas previously reported.

P-56, designed for the Campos basin's Marlim Sul field, is similar to the P-51 unit, which the FSTP consortium is building for Marlim Sul. P-51 will be ready for operations in the second half of this year.

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