Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $138M, five-year services contract by Petrobras, a world leader in deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas exploration and production, to support its oil production activities offshore Brazil.
Rolls-Royce will supply Petrobras with advanced maintenance and repair services to support fifteen Rolls-Royce RB211-G62 industrial gas turbine power generation units which are installed on four Petrobras oil platforms operating in the petroleum rich, pre-salt Campos Basin.
The four Petrobras platforms, which together can produce over 500,000 barrels of oil per day, or 25 per cent of Brazil’s entire output, are reliant on nearly 375MW of Rolls-Royce generated power to maintain a consistently high production output. The Long Term Service Agreement (LTSA) contract, which has a potential value of up to $220M over its five-year renewal period, will help ensure that the Rolls-Royce units continue to operate at peak performance levels of efficiency and reliability.
Eberaldo de Almeida Neto, General Manager, Rio de Janeiro Operational Unit, Petrobras, said: “Over the past five years Rolls-Royce advanced power generation technology and services has helped us to meet our oil and gas production objectives for these important oil platforms. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Rolls-Royce and look forward to continued high levels of availability and reliability.”
Andrew Heath, Rolls-Royce President – Energy, said: “Rolls-Royce technology is at the heart of Brazil’s thriving energy infrastructure. This services contract renewal reflects the excellent working relationship we have developed on this project with Petrobras over the past five years.”
Over fifty Rolls-Royce engineers and technicians are working on the project, most based full-time on the four oil platforms.
The Rolls-Royce Energy workshop at Macae in Brazil supports their work, and in 2014 Rolls-Royce will inaugurate a new, $100m-plus investment, purpose-built gas turbine package, assembly and test facility in Santa Cruz in the state of Rio de Janeiro, further strengthening Rolls-Royce local, in-country manufacturing and services presence.