New contracts and bids keeps Brazilian subsea busy


The year 2019 has been relatively busy for the subsea segment in Brazil, with large contracts and tenders taking place. In less than six months, two large contracts – possibly surpassing the $ 4 billion mark – were formalized.

In February, TechnipFMC entered into a contract with the Libra Consortium to conduct the underwater interconnection (SURF) of the Mero 1 field in the Santos Basin pre-salt. The company did not specify the value of the contract, only stating that it ranged from $ 500 million to $ 1 billion.

The contract comprises the engineering, supplies and construction (EPC) of all rigid lines, as well as the installation and pre-commissioning of risers and flowlines that will connect 13 wells (six production and seven injectors) to the FPSO that will be installed in the field.

Early this week, McDermott announced the signing of a contract to perform the engineering, supply, construction and installation services of the risers and flowlines of the first phase of the Sepia field , pre salt Santos basin.

The value presented by the company in the bid promoted by Petrobras was R $ 1.093 billion, beating the offers made by Subsea 7, TechnipFMC and Saipem. The scope includes detailed engineering, supply, installation and pre-commissioning of rigid pipelines, jumpers, buoyancy modules and riser monitoring systems for seven wells (three producers and four injectors) that will be connected to the Carioca FPSO, chartered to Modec.


McDermott is very busy in the country, where it is also responsible for the installation of the Rota 3 gas pipeline, which will connect the pre-salt to Comperj’s Natural Gas Processing Unit in Itaboraí (RJ). The contract with Petrobras was signed last November.

In April, TechnipFMC closed a contract with Total to supply gas lift and gas injection tubes, as well as associated accessories, to the Lapa field. At the time, the manufacturer classified the contract as “significant” –  valued between $ 75 million and $ 250 million.

The French multinational is negotiating with Petrobras a contract to operate a base to support the movement of flexible pipelines in the Port of Açu, where it has a factory of this type of line. The company will also build a rigid pipe plant on site.

Also in negotiations with the state-owned company to operate a flexible base is the BHGE. The proposal would be to expand an area near the unit where it already provides this type of services to Petrobras, in Niterói (RJ).

According to BE Petroleo, the company is leading in tenders promoted by the oil company to contract flexible lines. One of them calls for the acquisition of 137 km of production pipelines, Gas Lift and Water Injection, including accessories, spare parts and freight, for four years.


Umbilical suppliers are also facing new opportunities this year. Recently, Prysmian signed a contract to provide 19 km of thermoplastic umbilicals to the Lapa field in the Santos Basin pre-salt.

Presently, there are at least four Petrobras bids to contract underwater control lines in progress for the Roncador, Forno, Atapu and Mero 1 projects. In the latter case, it is possible that the equipment, which will be manufactured outside the country.


After Mero 1 and Sepia, the market awaits the launch of new SURF bids, this time for the projects of Mero 2, Atapu, Búzios V and Itapu, operated by Petrobras, and Carcará by Equinor.

Most of these projects, in addition to Lapa, were highlighted by TechnipFMC in a presentation released at the end of last year. The company estimates that together they may exceed $ 4.5 billion in contracts in the next two years.

Petrobras has also launched a tender this month to hire services to upgrade the submarine gas network at Parque das Baleias in the Campos Basin.

ANMs and vessels

Ongoing tenders are process for contracting wet Christmas trees (ANMs) for Mero 2 – at an advanced stage of negotiation – manifolds for the Marlim revitalization project, PLSV and SDSV type vessels, as well as a Drill bid Pipe Risers and a tender to hire a remote-operated submarine robot (ROV) for the NS-31 probe.

At the end of February, the DOF signed contracts with Petrobras to operate vessels to support ROVs (RSVs) Skandi Commandor, Skandi Olympia and Skandi Chieftan. Two months later, the Dutch Fugro also signed with the state company the charter of a RSV.

In force

In Petrobras’ public database, there are a number of underwater goods and services contracts initiated or to begin in 2019. These include three umbilical contracts signed on behalf of Petrobras Netherlands BV for a total of US $ 3.6 billion; eight of ANMs (US $ 17.4 billion / Petrobras Netherlands / Roncador BV / Agri Development BV); three of flexible pipelines (US $ 44 million / Petrobras Netherlands) and two of DPR, one with Oceaneering (US $ 213 million) and another with Weatherford (US $ 286.7 million).

Source: Brazil Energy Magazine

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