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Petrobras Selects GE Compression Modules

Posted on August 26, 2004

GE Energy has signed a contract worth more than US$50 million with Petrobras Netherlands BV for the supply of two compression modules for use on a new FPU located in the Campos Basin, off the coast of Brazil. Each compression module will encompass three motor-driven compressor trains. The scope of the contract includes engineering, construction and assembly, commissioning and tests, transportation and delivery of the modules, and training. Also included will be technical assistance during the construction, assembly, testing, commissioning, pre-operation and start-up of the semi-submersible units.

Owned by Petrobras of Brazil, the new FPU, designated P51, will be one of the largest offshore facilities in Brazil to extract oil and gas at a water depth of approximately 2000 meters. It is expected to produce approximately 180 000 barrels of oil per day, 10% of the total national production, plus six million standard cubic meters per day of associated gas. The P51 facility will operate off the Rio de Janeiro state coast in the Marlim Sul field of the Campos Basin, which accounts for more than 80 percent of Brazil's total oil output. The compression trains will be manufactured in Florence, Italy and shipped to Brazil by August of 2005. The modules will be installed on the P51 platform by Petrobras, with commercial operation expected by 2007.

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