Aker to supply presalt Mero subsea trees
Petrobras has contracted Aker Solutions to provide a subsea production system and associated services for the Mero 1 project in the presalt Santos basin offshore Brazil.
The equipment will comprise 12 vertical subsea trees tailored to Brazil’s presalt, four subsea distribution units, three topsides master control stations for the Mero 1 Guanabara FPSO, and spare parts.
In addition, Aker Solutions will provide installation and commissioning support services. All work will be managed by the company’s subsea manufacturing complex in São José dos Pinhais and its subsea services base in Rio das Ostras.
Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2020, with installations spread between 2020 and 2023.
The subsea production system will be hooked up to theFPSOGuanabara, which is due to come onstream on the ultra-deepwater Mero field in 2021, with capacity to process up to 180,000 b/d of oil and 12 MMcm/d of gas.
Mero is in the northwestern part of the Libra block, 180 km (112 mi) south of Rio de Janeiro. A modified FPSO, thePioneiro de Libra, produced first oil from the field last November, under an extended test program.
Petrobras’ partners in the Libra area are Shell, Total, CNPC and CNOOC, with Pre-Sal Petróleo managing the production-sharing contract.