(PetroNoticias) Petrobrás is to restart today a mega bidding process that aims to contract maintenance and repair services on several offshore platforms in the Campos Basin. The tender was be concluded at the end of last year, but the state-owned company had to make adjustments to the bidding documentation and the process was republished. In all, there will be four lots, with each having a reference budget of around R$ 800 million (except lot 2, which is valued at R$ 234 million). The company that presents the biggest discount on the amount proposed by the oil company will be declared the winner. The scope of the dispute will be national, bringing opportunities for Brazilian companies at this challenging moment in the country’s economy. The contracts also generate a lot of expectations for offshore professionals, with the opening of possible new vacancies. Just to give you an idea, one of the lots will mobilize around 1,000 professionals.

Lot 1 is divided into two contracts. The first one foresees the service to platforms P-18, P-19, P-20, P-35, P-43, P-47 and P-48 (fields of Marlim, Barracuda and Papa-Terra). The second contract will be directed to units P-61 and P-63 (Papa-Terra). The reference budget for this lot is the largest of all in the bidding process – R$ 869.2 million.

In lot 2, the smallest budget, maintenance and repair activities will be carried out in units P-09, P-26, P-32, P-33 and P-37, with a reference budget of R$ 234.4 million. It is worth noting that some of these platforms have decommissioning plans under analysis or approved by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP).

Petrobras needs to maintain the integrity of these units, which is why they are part of the scope of this bidding. According to Petronotícia’s findings with market sources, some companies see that this lot 2 is not so attractive, precisely because it contemplates only crucial activities, without any major intervention or revitalization in the units.

In lot 3, the contract covers platforms P-38, P-40, P-51, P-53 and P-56 (Marlim), with a reference budget of R$ 835.3 million. Finally, lot 4 will be dedicated to platforms that are in campaigns with the Maintenance and Security Unit (UMS) and is budgeted by Petrobras at R$ 824.2 million. The contracts for the four lots will have an execution term of 3 years.

Still according to market sources, the offshore construction and assembly area has spent the last three years without any opportunity of this size. Therefore, there is a great expectation around this tender, which involves activities such as painting, production stop, planning, structural services, plating and floor grids, equipment services, among many others. The opening of envelopes with the bidders’ proposals is scheduled for the 26th of May. The announcement and the complete bidding documentation (7003444610) are available on the Petronect website.

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