Curtiss-Wright’s Subsea Boosting System Takes Shape: A Technological Breakthrough for Brazilian Oil and Gas Giant, Petrobras

Petrobras Aims for Dependable Subsea Production using Topsides-free Technology

In an effort to support reliable subsea production, Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras has chosen North Carolina-based Curtiss-Wright Corporation to supply a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The two companies have signed a technology cooperation agreement to design, manufacture, test, and provide operational support for the subsea canned motor boosting system.

The collaboration will enable the development of a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid 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.

It is expected that the first subsea canned motor boosting system will be ready for operation in 2027. Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, stated that the collaboration will allow 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 is in line 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.

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