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GE’s US$500Million Petrobras Contract

Technology to be used for four new Santos Basin Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs)

Posted on February 7, 2013

GE Oil & Gas has received a contract worth more than US$500 million to supply turbomachinery equipment and services to Petrobras, a deep-water oil production company. The contract will serve the four new floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) P-74, P-75, P-76 and P-77 in the Cessão Onerosa region of the Santos Basin pre-salt fields, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The scope of the contract, which also takes in technology from other GE businesses such as Power Conversion and Power & Water, will supply the main turbomachinery equipment to the four new FPSOs, including 16 power turbogenerators composed of PGT25+ gas turbines and electric generators; eight turbocompression trains driven by LM2500+ gas turbines; and 32 electric motor driven compressors for gas main, export services and CO2 re-injection.

The technology will generate primary energy for the FPSOs using gas turbines and advanced generators, moving gas through pipelines using compressors and re-injecting CO2 and natural gas back to the well to enhance the recovery of the oil.        

In addition to core equipment, the new contract includes technical assistance for installation and commissioning start-up and extensive services such as repair, dedicated local field service engineers and customer training, GE said. As with previous Petrobras contracts, significant local components will be involved – packaging, testing, logistics and sourcing operations will be some of the stages carried out entirely in Brazil. The installations where these operations will be held will start being prepared at the beginning of this year. GE also will carry out over 9600 man-hours of training to supply the necessary competencies to operate and maintain the equipment.