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November 19, 2021

Aker secures subsea contract from Petrobras for Brazilian project

Aker will provide subsea production system comprising vertical subsea trees, and related tie-in equipment for the Mero 4 project.

By Archana Rani

Brazil’s Petrobras has awarded a contract worth between $80m (Nkr700m) and $137m (Nkr1.2bn) to Aker Solutions to provide a subsea production system for the Mero 4 project offshore Brazil.

Aker Solutions will be responsible for the delivery of a subsea production system comprising up to 13 vertical subsea trees, and related tie-in equipment.

The subsea trees include subsea control modules, subsea distribution units, and a master control station for control systems and topside.

The main part of the work will be carried out by the firm’s subsea manufacturing facility in São José dos Pinhais and subsea services base in Rio das Ostras in Brazil.

Aker will commence the work immediately while the installation is planned between 2023 and 2025.

Aker Solutions subsea business head and executive vice-president Maria Peralta said: “We are pleased to be awarded another subsea production system contract by the Libra Consortium, which reinforces the long-standing relationship between Petrobras and Aker Solutions.

“By executing and delivering this new important project, we are looking forward to supporting Petrobras’s ambition in the pre-salt region and contributing to the development of Brazil.”

The Mero-4 floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel will be the fourth production system to be deployed at the producing Mero deepwater oil field located in the Libra Block in Santos Basin.

Brazilian national oil company Petrobras operates the Libra block with a 40% stake. It is partnered by TotalEnergies (20%), Shell Brasil Petróleo (20%), CNODC (10%), and CNOOC (10%).

With a production capacity of 180,000 barrels of oil per day, the Mero-4 FPSO will also have the capacity to process 12 million standard cubic metres of gas per day.

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