Petrobras lets subsea contract for Marlim field

Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has contracted FMC Technologies Inc. to supply by 2011 a deepwater subsea separation system for its offshore Marlim field in the Campos basin.

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Aug. 21 -- Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has contracted FMC Technologies Inc. to supply by 2011 a deepwater subsea separation system for its offshore Marlim field in the Campos basin.

The $90 million contract covers work with the first deepwater deployment of subsea separation technologies in a mature field, and the first separation of heavy oil and water in this environment. “It will also be the first separation system to include subsea reinjection of water into a reservoir to boost production,” the company added.

FMC’s subsea separation module will separate heavy oil, gas, sand, and water in 900 m of water using proprietary technologies. A novel pipe separator design, licensed, and developed in cooperation with StatoilHydro will also be used.

“Marlim is the fifth field in the world that will utilize FMC’s subsea separation technologies,” said Tore Halvorsen, FMC’s senior vice-president of global subsea production systems.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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