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 two companies have signed a technology cooperation agreement to design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for the subsea canned motor boosting system.
The subsea boosting system will be used to process unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid that includes oil, gas and particulates. It will be operational at a 1,500-meter water depth in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture and water-based testing of the system at its Pennsylvania facility. Multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.
Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation stated that the collaboration with Petrobras will allow the company to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. He added that this collaboration aligns with Petrobras’ objective of an all-electric subsea boosting system to enable long tie-back production arrangements and provides flexibility in deploying systems on lighter weight vessels. Furthermore, it provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6MW for multiphase applications which is aligned with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.