Brazil’s state-owned oil and gas company, Petrobras, has announced a partnership with North Carolina-based Curtiss-Wright Corporation to develop a sealless motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. Under the terms of the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for a subsea engine boost system that will lift unprocessed hydrocarbon liquids from the depths of the ocean.
The two companies are collaborating to create a system that will be operational in a water depth of 1,500 meters and designed for use in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for water-based design, manufacturing and testing at its facility in Pennsylvania, while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.
The first submarine booster system is expected to be operational by 2027. According to Linn M. Bamford, president and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, this collaboration allows his company to leverage its proven expertise in engine technology into the adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. The technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer support systems on top and allow flexibility in deploying the system on lighter and cheaper vessels. This aligns with Petrobras’ goal of an all-electric subsea boost system that enables long-term production arrangements. Moreover, the design provides flexibility to deploy future tipless Curtiss-Wright subsea booster systems scalable up to 6 MV for multiphase applications as per Petrobras’ technology development plan.