Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Petrobras to provide a subsea production system and related services for the Mero 1 project within the Mero field development, one of the largest oil discoveries in Brazil’s pre-salt area.
The subsea production system will consist of 12 vertical subsea trees designed for Brazil’s pre-salt, four subsea distribution units, three topside master control stations for the Mero 1 Guanabara FPSO and spare parts. The order also includes installation and commissioning support services.
“We’re pleased to become a key supplier to Petrobras and its partners for the first full production project of this major development,” said Luis Araujo, Chief Executive Officer of Aker Solutions. “We have an extensive local workforce and over 40 years’ experience in Brazil and look forward to continuing to play an important role in the development of the country’s pre-salt resources,” he added.
Aker Solutions’ subsea manufacturing facility in São José dos Pinhais and its subsea services base in Rio das Ostras will carry out the work.
The work has already started and deliveries are scheduled for 2020. Installations are scheduled between 2020 and 2023.
The subsea production system will be hooked up to the first full-scale floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Mero, known as the Guanabara FPSO. The FPSO is scheduled to come on stream in 2021 and will have capacity to process up to 180,000 barrels of oil a day and 12 million cubic meters of gas a day.
The ultra-deepwater Mero field is located in the north-western area of the original Libra block, which is about 180 kilometers south of Rio de Janeiro. First oil was produced in November last year.
Petrobras is the operator of the consortium developing the Libra area. Shell, Total, CNPC and CNOOC Limited are partners. Pre-Sal Petróleo S.A (PPSA) manages the Production Sharing Contract.
The companies are not disclosing the value of the contract. The order will be booked in the third quarter of 2018.
Aker Solutions to provide brownfield services for BP in Angola
Aker Solutions has also been awarded a five-year agreement to supply brownfield modifications, maintenance and operations support for BP’s Greater Plutonio and PSVM fields offshore Angola.
The scope of work covers the supply of engineering, procurement, and construction services for brownfield projects on the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels located at each field. This includes support for upgrades to process, chemical and marine support systems, as well as refurbishment of ageing piping and equipment.
“We are delighted to support BP in Angola, an important market for Aker Solutions,” commented Luis Araujo.
“We have a strong record of successful delivery in Angola, having provided subsea support to key projects such as Dalia and Kaombo. We are now pleased to expand this offering to include topside maintenance, modifications and operations services in West Africa.”
This new contract will benefit from an extensive local training program that Aker Solutions has been driving, developing strong in-country engineering competence for both subsea lifecycle services and topside maintenance, modifications and operations. This ongoing commitment will help secure vital skills for the future of the energy industry in Angola.
Aker Solutions has been working in Angola since 1998 and currently has more than 270 employees in Luanda.
The order will be booked in the third quarter 2018.