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Petrobras and Curtiss-Wright Corporation Join Forces for Reliable Subsea Production in the Campos Basin

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Feb 13, 2024
Petrobras Aims for Dependable Subsea Production using Topsides-free Technology

Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has selected Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, to provide a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The collaboration aims to support reliable subsea production.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for the subsea canned motor boosting system. The two companies are working together to develop a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid that includes a mixture of oil, gas and particulates.

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.

Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation stated that this collaboration allows the company to leverage its expertise in canned motor technology into an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. The technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allows for flexibility in deploying systems on lighter weight lower cost vessels which aligns with Petrobras’ objective of an all electric subsea boosting system to enable long tie back production arrangements. Additionally the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss Wright topside less subsea boosting systems scalable up to 6 MW for multiphase applications which aligns with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.

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