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TechnipFMC has secured a contract from Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras to supply manifolds for the Marlim and Voador fields located offshore Brazil.

TechnipFMC will deliver up to eight manifolds for production and injection, utilising the all-electric robotic valve controller (RVC).

Designed to provide real-time data and analysis on system performance, the RVC robotic technology can replace traditional subsea hydraulics, as well as thousands of mechanical parts.

The RVC features software that allows it to be remotely upgraded and maintained subsea.

The contract also includes associated tools, spares, and services.

TechnipFMC subsea president Jonathan Landes said: “We look forward to executing this project using our local capabilities in Brazil and contributing to another important development in the country.

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“We are very excited to bring new technology and automation capabilities to this project through the use of the RVC to operate the manifolds.

“Our innovations in automation and electrification are helping our clients lower their operational expenditures and reduce the carbon intensity of their subsea projects.”

Covering an area of 339.3km², the Marlim and Voador fields are located in water depth ranging from 400m to 1,050m, at a distance of about 150km from Macaé, on the northern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The Marlim and Voador fields, which share the production infrastructure, have produced an average of 68,900 barrels of oil per day and 934,000m³/day of gas between January and October 2020.

The two fields form part of the Marlim Cluster, which also comprise two other production concessions Marlim Leste and Marlim Sul.

Last year, Petrobras said it started the opportunity disclosure stage for the sale of 50% of its stakes in the concessions of oil fields, called the Marlim Cluster.