Aker Solutions does the Brazilian Pre-Salt Subsea Hat Trick

New Wave Media

May 11, 2010



Aker Solutions do Brasil Ltda. was recently awarded a large subsea contract by Petrobras to supply subsea trees for two of Brazil's pre-salt areas. With this latest contract and the previous contract for subsea trees at the Tupi field, Aker Solutions has secured its presence in all the pre-salt fields presently being developed by Petrobras.

Aker Solutions do Brasil Ltda. has signed a frame agreement with Petrobras to supply 40 subsea trees for the Iara and Guará fields, located in the challenging pre-salt area of the Santos basin offshore Brazil. The contract is of approximately USD 300 million. The scope of works includes engineering and manufacturing of 40 vertical subsea trees for 2.500 meter water depths, subsea control systems and 17 complete tool sets. Delivery is scheduled to take place over the next four years.
With this latest contract for Iara and Guará, Aker Solutions will provide subsea production equipment for all the three major initial field developments at the Brazilian pre-salt area. The first pre-salt subsea job was awarded in December 2008, when Aker Solutions won a contract worth € 45 million to supply nine vertical subsea trees for 2.500 meter water depths, subsea control systems, two complete tool sets plus related accessories and spare parts for the Tupi pilot project.
The experience Aker has accumulated while developing the Tupi pilot project along with their manufacturing capability at their industrial facility in Curitiba, in the state of Parana, south Brazil, were crucial to secure this contract.
The Guara field (BM-S-9) will receive 14 trees from this contract, Guara will be explored by a consortium composed by Petrobras  45%, BG Group 30% and Repsol YPF 25%.
The Iara field (BM-S-11) Petrobras (65%), BG Group (25%) and Petrogal (10%), will receive 26 trees.
The complete scope of work will be managed, engineered and executed by Aker Solutions' manufacturing facility in Curitiba, Brazil, with support from Aberdeen, UK, for the subsea control systems. Delivery of the first subsea tree is scheduled for the end of 2011.
Aker Solutions has built up a significant presence in Brazil since establishing the company in the country in 1978. Aker Solutions has 850 employees in Brazil, of which 99 percent are Brazilian nationals.
Aker Solution´s commitment to the development of the Brazilian deepwater O&G development goes beyond subsea trees as they are also major suppliers of manifolds, risers and umbilicals among, other subsea equipment for the Brazilian O&G market. They have formed deep roots in Brazil and their investment in technology transfer and training of a Brazilian workforce has also strengthened their position in the market.
Claudio Paschoa
Photo courtesy of Aker Solutions
Paschoa, Claudio
Claudio Paschoa is Marine Technology Reporter's correspondent in Brazil.