Petrobras P-55 Platform Bidding due October 24

Brazil's federal energy company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) plans to receive on October 24 offers from shipbuilders for the P-55 semi-submersible platform, news service Agencia Estado reported.

The 180,000b/d-capacity P-55 is due to start producing oil at the deepwater Roncador field in the Campos basin in 2011, according to Petrobras.

The company has been delaying the competition in order to answer questions from potential bidders, the news service said.

P-55 is one of two production units that Petrobras is tendering this year. The second is the 180,000b/d-capacity P-57 floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

P-57 will operate in Campos' deepwater Jubarte field, starting commercial operations in 2010.

Two groups have shown firm interest in bidding for P-57: a group led by Maua Jurong, the local unit of Singapore's Jurong shipyard, and Brazilian engineering firm Camargo Correa.

Roncador is at water depths of 1,800m and Jubarte at 1,250m.

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