(PetroleoHoje) Petrobras has postponed the deadline for delivering the mega-bidding proposals for contracting the SURF system (underwater collection) for the 8th module in the Buzios field. The extension is the second granted by the oil company. Initially scheduled to take place on December 8th, the delivery of proposals is scheduled for December 22nd.

The tender for contracting the SURF system for the 8th module was launched in July. The notice provided for the delivery of the offer originally for mid-October.

The 8th module in Buzios is scheduled to start operating in 2025. Capable of processing 180 thousand barrels/day of oil and 7.2 million m³/day of gas, the FPSO P-79 is being built by the Daewoo/Saipem consortium, hired by Petrobras in June.

The production system for the 8th module will have 15 wells, eight of which will be producers, six WAG (Water Alternating Gas) injectors and one water injector, in addition to an export pipeline, which will be interconnected to Rota 3 pipeline, which will send the gas to coast.

Executed under the EPCI model, the contract will involve the elaboration of an engineering project, supply of goods, anchoring of the unit, installations and subsea interconnections of rigid, flexible and umbilical pipelines of the production system.

The winning company will have to supply the risers, flowlines (rigid, flexible and umbilical), SDUs (Subsea Distribution Unit) and subsea equipment, in addition to the launching boats.

The Buzios field has been mobilizing the attention of SURF companies since 2020. Operated by Petrobras, in partnership with CNPC and CNOOC, the asset centralizes most of the company’s contracting processes.

In addition to the current tender, Petrobras will have to go to the market to contract the SURF systems for the 9th and 10th modules of the asset, scheduled to come into operation in 2026. The field will also require subsea systems for the FPSOs that will make up phases 11 and 12 of the project.

With regard to the projects already contracted, Saipem is responsible for the execution of the subsea systems of the 5th and 6th modules in the field, which will come into operation in 2023 and 2024, respectively. TechnipFMC, on the other hand, presented the lowest price in the Petrobras bid for the SURF for the 7th module in Buzios, which will be exploited by the P-78.

The production of the Buzios field currently amounts to 710 thousand boe/day, being 566.2 thousand barrels/day of oil and 22.8 million m³/day of gas. The asset has four FPSOs – P-74, P-75, P-76 and P-77 – with another four units already contracted and a ninth unit in the bidding process, the P-80, scheduled to start operating in 2026 .

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