UK-based global power systems company Rolls-Royce has received an order worth £100m ($161m) from Atlântico Sul, to deliver integrated power and propulsion systems for seven offshore drilling vessels to Petrobras.
To be built at the Atlântico Sul Shipyard in Brazil, each of the seven vessels will be equipped with six large thrusters and six Bergen diesel generator sets.
The Rolls-Royce systems will help the vessels propel themselves to and from drill sites and maintain their positions at the time of drilling activity.
Petrobras will deploy the new drill ships for extraction of oil from wells along the pre-salt layer, located 2,000-3,000 metres below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, offshore of Brazil.
Rolls-Royce Marine president Tony Wood said the company is excited about the contract from its new South American customer Atlântico Sul.
"This contract builds further on our strong reputation for innovation and technology, and on our market-leading position for power and propulsion systems in the offshore drilling sector," Wood added.
The company has so far delivered propulsion systems for more than 140 mobile drilling units and has an order for about 30 units on hand, to support production activities across the world.
About 45 Rolls-Royce designed UT offshore supply vessels have been constructed in Brazil, whereas the company received an order for around 12 vessels, including four UT 775 SE platform supply vessels, from the Bravante Group in late October 2012.
Having operated in Brazil for more than 50 years, Rolls-Royce has facilities in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi and Macae.
Image: The new drilling vessels, equipped with Rolls-Royce systems, will help Petrobras in oil exploration. Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce.