January 24, 2020
Petrobras is contracting services and equipment for the new development phase of the project in the Campos Basin
The attention of the supply industry returned to Parque das Baleias, a complex of deep water fields in the Campos Basin. In addition to subsea systems, Petrobras is bidding to contract 4D seismic mapping and processing with nodes for the project.
The two tenders are scheduled to submit proposals by February, but the trend is for the deadlines to be extended, in response to requests from interested companies.
The seismic bid provides for a survey covering a total area of 1,200 km² of shooting, 814 km² with nodes, in addition to the collection of 3D data in the Golfinho field, in the Espírito Santo Basin.
According to the schedule drawn up by Petrobras, the campaign should start in the last quarter of 2020. The market projects that the mapping will extend over a period of eight months to one year.
The publication of the announcement for the acquisition of seismic data in Parque das Baleias and Golfinho was received with surprise. Although the market already knew about the demand, Petrobras had been signaling that it would give priority to the acquisition of data for the Santos cluster.
Subsea more attractive
After various negotiations with the suppliers at the end of 2019, Petrobras decided to relax part of the terms and requirements of the contractual conditions of the bid for contracting the Parque das Baleias subsea. The changes were approved and incorporated into the announcement last week, in order to attract a greater number of companies.
Industry groups considered the original conditions set too demanding, even warning about the risk of not competing for the contract. The points of greatest concern were linked to insurance and liability for penalties.
The submission of proposals for the subsea system is scheduled for February 14, but, given the newly incorporated changes, it will not be surprising if Petrobras authorizes a new postponement. Despite the changes, the bidding commission continues to work with the expectation of closing a contract until August.
The company winning the bid – whose scope consists of three PLEMs (pipeline end manifold) and about 20 spools from 12 ”to 18” in diameter, in addition to the engineering, installation and assembly service – will have three years to carry out the project.
The resumption of bids for Parque das Baleias reflects the prospect of signing, between February and March, the FPSO charter contract for the project with Yinson. Scheduled to start operating in 2023, the unit will have the capacity to produce 100 thousand bopd and compress 5 million m³ / d of gas.