McDermott wins EPCI contract for Brazilian gas pipeline project


American EPCI company McDermott International has won a contract from Petrobras for a natural gas pipeline project at the Santos basin pre-salt field programme.

The contract, worth around $250m, covers the implementation of the ultra-shallow segment of the Rota 3 gas export pipeline.

The scope of work includes design and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation of six miles (10km) of a 24-inch rigid concrete coated pipeline from the installed shallow water segment of the new pipeline system to the shore.

This includes a horizontal directional drill, tie-in spools and pre-commissioning of the six-mile pipeline.

McDermott team in Rio de Janeiro will perform the overall project management and engineering, with support from the Houston team.

McDermott senior vice president for North, Central and South America Richard Heo said: “Rota 3 is a major pre-salt development area that is important to the future of oil and gas production for Brazil.

“McDermott has the local and global expertise, capabilities and assets to support operations in pre-salt environments – particularly with the delivery of our previously announced J-Lay configuration modification to our Amazon vessel.

“Our office in Rio will execute this near-term project utilizing expertise they have previously demonstrated in a series of recent EPCI projects successfully completed in-country for Petrobras and other operators.”

Rota 3, a 220-mile (355km) rigid pipeline project by Petrobras, is part of the company’s Santos Basin pre-salt gas offloading and transportation system.

The project has been split into three subsea segments and one onshore segment.

McDermott has secured the contract for the third subsea segment – an ultra-shallow pipelay connecting the shallow segment to the onshore segment at Maricá City, 62 miles (100km) north of Rio de Janeiro.

Recently, the company’s Brazilian office has completed deepwater EPCIs in the country.

McDermott provides technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry and has operations in more than 54 countries.


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