Petrobras Aims for Dependable Subsea Production using Topsides-free Technology

Partnership Between Curtiss Wright and Petrobras to Develop Revolutionary Subsea Boosting System: How this Collaboration is Set to Transform the Oil and Gas Industry

Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras to develop a subsea canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The collaboration will enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems, allowing for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels.

According to Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the partnership will allow the company to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027.

Petrobras has chosen Curtiss-Wright Corporation to supply the seal-less canned motor boosting system as part of an effort to support reliable subsea production in its Campos Basin field. The system will be operational at a 1,500-meter water depth and designed for a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture, and water-based testing at its Pennsylvania facility while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.

The technology developed by Curtiss-Wright is expected to enable long tie-back production arrangements with an all-electric subsea boosting system that allows for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter weight, lower cost vessels. This aligns with Petrobras’ objective of developing scalable topside less subsea boosting systems that are scalable up to 6 MW for multiphase applications, which aligns with their technology development roadmap.

Curtiss Wright’s experience in canned motor technology makes them ideal partners for this project as they have been able to prove their expertise in this area through their previous projects. The collaboration between these two companies has great potential not only for this specific project but also opening doors for future collaborations that could benefit both companies.

In conclusion, this partnership between Curtiss Wright Corporation and Petrobras is expected to bring significant value not only through reliable subsea production but also through flexible deployment options on lighter weight vessels while also aligning with Petrobras’ objectives of all electric subsea boosting system and scalable topside less subsea boosting systems that are scalable up to 6 MW for multiphase applications.

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