Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has chosen a North Carolina-based company to supply a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field in an effort to support reliable subsea production. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, headquartered in North Carolina, has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for the subsea canned motor boosting system.
The two companies are collaborating to develop 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.
Curtiss-Wright is excited about the opportunity to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation said “This collaboration will enable us to deploy our technology in an emerging market while providing solutions that align with our customer’s objectives”.
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.
It is expected that the first subsea canned motor boosting system will be ready for operation in 2027.