Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, is partnering with Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, to develop a subsea canned motor boosting system for its Campos Basin field. The collaboration aims to support reliable subsea production and reduce the need for topside support systems.
The two companies are working together to create a system that can handle unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid, including oil, gas, and particles. The subsea boosting system will be installed at a 1,500-meter water depth in the Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the system at its Pennsylvania facility and testing it at their Pennsylvania location. Multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will take place at a facility in Brazil.
The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027. Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, stated that this partnership will allow the company to use its proven expertise in canned motor technology in an adjacent market while providing significant value to Petrobras. This technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allow for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight vessels. It also aligns with Petrobras’ objective of an all-electric subsea boosting system to support 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, which aligns with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.