GE adapts flexible lines for Santos presalt
GE Oil & Gas has introduced flexible tubes developed specifically for conditions in Brazil’s deepwater Santos basin.
RIO DE JANEIRO – GE Oil & Gas has introduced flexible tubes developed specifically for conditions in Brazil’s deepwater Santos basin.
The flexible pipes, tailored for production from the basin’s presalt fields, incorporate new materials developed over the course of a three-year program at the company’s Niterói plant near Rio de Janeiro. The new materials were engineered to withstand the Santos basin’s more acidic environment, the company said.
GE’s 2011 acquisition of flowlines and risers manufacturerWellstream Holdings expanded the company’s reach in the FPSO segment, which dominates Brazil’s deepwater activities.
“To drive additional innovation, GE is establishing a new $250 million Global Research Center in Rio de Janeiro, which will host a subsea systems laboratory that will focus on developing more solutions for the presalt layer and ultra-deepwater exploration,” GE said.
The company has also announced plans to invest $262 million to expand its equipment production facilities in Niterói, Macaé, andJandira.