Petrobras subsea equipment tenders expected to involve billions of dollars

Sept 12, 2020

With several offshore production projects due to come on stream this decade, Brazilian NOC Petrobras is keeping the market busy with tenders for the acquisition of subsea equipment that are expected to generate billions of dollars in new contracts.

At least two of the tenders are related to the state-owned company’s prized Búzios field in the Santos basin pre-salt area. One is an auction to buy 60km of steel tube umbilicals (STUs) and another for the acquisition of 53 wet Christmas trees (WCTs).

The deadlines for submitting offers are September 18 for the STUs and November 30 for the WCTs.

Petrobras is also looking to acquire more than 700km of flexible lines via five tenders. The largest one, for 566km of subsea tubes, is for the Marlim and Itapu projects in the Campos and Santos basins, respectively. It is divided into two lots, the first budgeted at 4bn reais (US$750mn) and the second at 2.8bn reais. The deadline for presenting offers is October 2.

Another important tender underway is for the acquisition of up to 13 subsea manifolds for the Marlim field. Interested companies will be able to bid for the contracts by November 2.

Petrobras, meanwhile, is analyzing proposals received for 11 WCTs for the Mero 3 field, in Santos basin’s giant Libra block. Norway’s Aker Solutions will supply Mero 1 and Onesubsea (Schlumberger), Mero 2.

The market expects Petrobras to launch a tender for the Mero 4 field’s WCTs, also involving 11 units, by the end of 2020.

Besides Aker and Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and TechnipFMC are among the strong candidates for supplying the WCTs. All four also manufacture manifolds, while the first and the latter two are suppliers of flexible lines.

The Brazilian oil company’s main suppliers of umbilicals are Aker Solutions, Oceaneering and Prysmian, which in January closed a contract for supplying STUs for the Mero 1 project.

Source: Bnamericas

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