Emerson Wins Upgrade Project from Petrobras

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $32 million contract by Petrobras to upgrade metering technology aboard nine floating production units.

The automation project will ensure reliable measurement of oil and gas production units in the offshore Marlim oil field of Brazil's Campos Basin. Accurate, reliable measurement of oil and gas production -- known as metering -- is critical for fiscal accounting, custody transfer and taxation purposes. Even small errors in daily metering can have a significant financial impact.

Emerson's project management team will be responsible for the design, procurement, mobilization and installation onboard three floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs), five semi-submersible production units and one floating storage and offloading unit (FSO).

"We are completely committed to this challenge and we are contracting these state-of-the-art measurement and metering services in order to upgrade our installations," said Rudimar Lorenzatto, Marlim asset manager, Petrobras. "We are producing around 500,000 barrels per day of oil and 460 million cubic feet per day of gas and Emerson's technology and metering expertise and experience make them a valuable partner for this sustained production effort."

"Petrobras is adept at meeting the challenges of offshore, deep-water production, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them on this world-class fiscal metering project," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management. "It's especially gratifying to employ our expert services from project management and commissioning on the front end, through to maintenance and calibration over the life of the field."

The upgrade includes retrofitted measurement equipment and supplies, computers and displays. More than 1,500 final elements and instruments will be installed, including Emerson's Daniel(R) and Rosemount(R) flowmeters and Micro Motion(R) Coriolis flowmeters.

Emerson will also supply metering management services to increase confidence in the accuracy of measurement equipment being used, including maintenance and calibration of all instrumentation. The Emerson team will be responsible for validation and reporting of measurement data, as well as all metering, sampling and test equipment.

Emerson has established a new operation in Macae, the center for the support of the Petrobras Campos Basin fleet of floating units.

Brazil construction firm CNO (Construtora Norberto Odebrecht) has partnered with Emerson, and will perform planning, supply and mechanical completion valued at an additional $44 million.