Brazil Subsea Pipeline Project Goes to McDermott

Brazil Subsea Pipeline Project Goes to McDermott
Petrobras has awarded McDermott an EPCI contract for the ultra-shallow segment of its Rota 3 natural gas export pipeline.

Petrobras has awarded McDermott International, Inc. an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the ultra-shallow segment of its Rota 3 natural gas export pipeline, McDermott reported Tuesday afternoon.

“Rota 3 is a major pre-salt development area that is important to the future of oil and gas production for Brazil,” Richard Heo, McDermott’s senior vice president for North, Central and South America, said in a written statement emailed to Rigzone.

According to McDermott, implementing the Rota 3 pipeline segment includes design and detailed EPCI of six miles (10 kilometers) of 24-inch rigid concrete-coated pipeline from the already-installed shallow water segment to the shore. In addition, the company stated that the scope includes a horizontal directional drill, tie-in spools and pre-commissioning of the six-mile segment.

Petrobras’ 220-mile (355-kilometer) Rota 3 rigid pipeline project represents part of the Brazilian company’s Santos Basin pre-salt gas offloading and transportation system, McDermott stated. The Rota 3 project comprises four segments, three of which are subsea and one onshore. McDermott’s ultra-shallow subsea pipelay will link the shallow segment to the onshore segment at Maricá City 62 miles (100 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro), the company noted.

“McDermott has the local and global expertise, capabilities and assets to support operations in pre-salt environments – particularly with the delivery of our previously announced J-Lay configuration modification to our Amazon vessel,” said Heo. “Our office in Rio will execute this near-term project utilizing expertise they have previously demonstrated in a series of recent EPCI projects successfully completed in-country for Petrobras and other operators.”


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