In a bid to support reliable subsea production, Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has chosen Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, to supply a seal-less canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The two companies are collaborating to develop a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid that includes a mixture of oil, gas and particulates.
Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture, and water-based testing at its Pennsylvania facility, while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil. The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027. According to Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the collaboration will allow the company to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras.
The technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allows for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels. This is in line with Petrobras’ objective of an all-electric subsea boosting system to enable long tie-back production arrangements. Additionally, the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, aligning with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.