Petrobras aims for dependable subsea production using topside-less technology

Petrobras and Curtiss-Wright: A Revolutionary Subsea Boosting System for Reliable Offshore Production

Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has announced that Curtiss-Wright Corporation, an American-based engineering and manufacturing firm, will supply a seal-less canned motor boosting system for their field in the Campos Basin. The system is expected to facilitate reliable subsea production.

Curtiss-Wright has partnered with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test, and provide operational support for a subsea canned motor boosting system that will be deployed mudline at a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The goal of this project is to develop a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid at a 1,500-meter water depth.

The design phase of the project is currently underway at Curtiss-Wright’s Cheswick facility within its Naval & Power Segment. Multiphase testing with hydrocarbons will take place at a facility in Brazil. The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027.

This new technology aims to enable reliable subsea production while requiring fewer topside support systems. It also provides flexibility to deploy these systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels that are more readily available than the larger handling vessels required in today’s operations.

The canned motor pump technology is expected to be a key component in Petrobras’ objective of all-electric subsea boosting systems that will allow long tie-back production arrangements. Additionally, the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, which aligns with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.

In summary, Curtiss Wright Corporation has partnered with Petrobras to design and manufacture a new subsea canned motor boosting system for their field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. This technology will enable reliable subsea production while requiring fewer topside support systems and providing flexibility for future expansion plans.

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