Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has partnered with Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, to design and manufacture a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The collaboration is aimed at supporting reliable subsea production in an effort to reduce the need for topside support systems.
Curtiss-Wright Corporation has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Petrobras to develop a subsea boosting system that includes a mixture of oil, gas, and particulates. The system will be operational at a 1,500-meter water depth and designed for a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture, and water-based testing at its Pennsylvania facility while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.
Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, stated that this collaboration allows the company to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. The technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allows for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels. This aligns with Petrobras’ objective of an all-electric subsea boosting system to enable long tie-back production arrangements. Additionally, the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, aligning with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.
The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027.
This partnership between two companies is expected to bring significant benefits not only to both organizations but also to the industry as a whole. With more reliable subsea production capabilities available through this new technology, it opens up new possibilities for offshore drilling operations around the world.
In summary, Petrobras has chosen Curtiss-Wright Corporation as its partner in developing a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field in Brazil. This collaboration will allow both companies to use their expertise and resources effectively while enabling more reliable subsea production capabilities for future offshore drilling operations around the world.