OSLO -- Aker Solutions has signed a $300-million frame agreement with Petrobras to supply 40 vertical subsea trees for its Iara and Guara field developments in the pre-salt Santos basin. Contract party is Aker Solutions do Brasil Ltda.
The full work scope includes engineering and manufacturing of the 40 trees for operations in 2,500 m (8,202 ft) water depth, associated subsea control systems, and 17 tool sets. Consignments will be delivered in phases over the next four years.
Following this award, Aker Solutions will be providing subsea production equipment for all three initial field developments in the pre-salt area. The company’s first contract, awarded in December 2008, involved supplying nine subsea trees for the Tupi pilot project.
"Our experience developing the Tupi pilot project, the expanded manufacturing capacity at our facility in Curitiba, and a consistent commercial and technical proposal were crucial to secure this contract,” says Marcelo Taulois, president of Aker Solutions' subsea business in Brazil.
Fourteen of the new subsea trees will be installed on the Guara field in license BM-S-9, to be developed by a consortium comprising Petrobras, BG Group, and Repsol YPF. Iara in license BM-S-11 (Petrobras, BG Group, and Petrogal), will receive 26 trees.
Aker Solutions' manufacturing facility in Curitiba, Brazil will manage and execute the program, with support from Aker’s division in Aberdeen for the subsea control systems. The first subsea tree should be delivered towards end-2011.