Aker Supplies Sulphate Removal Units for Brazil FPSOs

Aker Solutions has signed a major contract with Petrobras to supply sulphate removal units for two FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) which will operate offshore Brazil. Contract value is US $41 million.

The scope of work comprises the supply of two sulphate removal systems (SRUs) with associated equipments. The SRU systems will be installed on the topsides of the P-58 and P-62 FPSOs.

The sulphate removal technology provided by Aker Solutions delivers treated and de-sulphated seawater for injection into the hydrocarbon reservoir to maintain the pressure and control scaling and souring effects in the reservoir. High quality injection water devoid of sulphate and particles provides cost savings and improves the safety aspect in the handling of well streams.

"The Brazilian market is fast growing and there is a huge potential for the type of solutions we can offer through our highly experienced team," said Ronaldo Ribeiro, President of Aker Solutions' process systems business in Brazil. Aker Solutions has deep roots in Brazil and gained significant experience over the years through previous deliveries of several similar projects using both local and international execution. "This contract reflects the diversity of products and services Aker Solutions offers in Brazil to meet a wide range of clients' needs in the country," concluded Ronaldo.

The contract will be executed by Aker Solutions' team based in Rio de Janeiro who will further develop the conceptual design and oversee the project all the way through delivery. Detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication of major equipment, commissioning and start-up are included in the contract.

"Aker Solutions is committed to implementing a considerable level of Brazilian content in the execution of this contract," said Børre Sveen, President of Process Systems in Norway. "With this contract we are able to capitalize on our expertise in SRU technology through our local engineering and life cycle service team in Brazil," stated Borre.

The FPSO P-58 shall produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day and will operate in the North part of Parque das Baleias field. P-62 has equal capacity and will operate in module 4 of the Roncador field, both located in the Campos' Basin offshore Brazil. First oil is scheduled for 2014.

The contract party within Aker Solutions is Aker Solutions do Brasil Ltda. The project will be overseen by the Aker Solutions' process systems business, a recognized world leader in providing a complete range of upstream process products, technologies and life cycle services.


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