Petrobras will need about 60 new wet Christmas trees (ANMs) in the next three years to develop its pre-salt assets. The projected demand is one of the largest in the world for the period, comparable to that of oil companies such as ExxonMobil.
The account includes the 12 vertical trees that will be provided by Aker Solutions for the field of Mero 1 in the area of Libra. Announced last Friday the contract provides for the execution of the works at the company’s plant in São José dos Pinhais (PR) and at its services unit in Rio das Ostras (RJ).
“We have a large workforce and more than 40 years of experience in Brazil and we expect to continue playing an important role in the development of pre-salt reserves,” said Aker’s global CEO Luís Araújo.
Activities have already been initiated and deliveries are scheduled for 2020. Asset installation operations in the Santos Basin pre-salt cluster are to commence between 2020 and 2023.
Located in the northwestern portion of Libra, Mero 1 is situated about 180 km south of Rio de Janeiro. The first oil was produced in November last year by the Pioneiro de Libra (Ocyan / Teekay) FPSO, which conducts the asset’s Long Term Test (TLD).
The FPSO Guanabara, chartered from Modec , will have the capacity to produce 180 thousand bopd and process 12 million m³ / d of natural gas.
Mero 2 Bidding in Progress
Petrobras continues to promote the bidding to contract ANMs for Mero 2 at Libra. The scope includes 11 trees and four electrohydraulic distribution units (UDEH), plus a five-year contract for installation and maintenance services including drilling pipe risers (DPR).
In addition to Aker Solutions, companies such as BHGE and Schlumberger are candidates for the new contract.
The Libra consortium is formed by Petrobras, a 40% holding company, Shell (30%), Total (30%, CNPC (10%) and CNOOC (10%).
Source: Brazil Energy