GE Oil & Gas' drilling & production business has been awarded a three-year frame agreement valued at more than $250 million to supply 250 VetcoGray subsea wellhead systems to Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) of Brazil, an integrated oil and gas company. In terms of number of wellheads, this is the largest contract awarded to date in the industry.
The advanced wellheads will be manufactured in the GE Oil & Gas Jandira plant in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the first unit due for delivery in July 2009.
"We're delighted to strengthen our already solid partnership with Petrobras," said Fernando Martins, vice president, Latin America Region, GE Oil & Gas, "This agreement reinforces our strong presence in Brazil, where more than 1,200 of our subsea wellhead systems and 180 of our subsea trees have been produced and installed over the past 30 years."
Under the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will provide several sizes of wellheads, including its VetcoGray MS-700 and VetcoGray MS-800 Fullbore models. As the industry's first all-metal sealing subsea wellhead system, the field-proven VetcoGray MS-700 meets demanding requirements for high-pressure critical service, deepwater drilling and production, while the VetcoGray MS-800 Fullbore offers increased casing load and higher pressure capacities.
With this contract, GE Oil & Gas continues to expand its presence across Latin America‘s oil and gas sector, with more than 1,000 gas turbines and compressors installed throughout the region. In addition, the company has inspected more than 50,000 kilometers of oil, gas, water and refined product pipelines in Latin America.
Following the acquisition and integration of VetcoGray and Hydril Pressure Control under the solution platform of Drilling & Production, GE Oil & Gas now has key regional offices in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela, providing customers with local manufacturing, sales and services capabilities.
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