Aker Solutions wins a 231m$ subsea bid for Libra’s Mero field offshore Brazil.

The production system will include 12 vertical subsea trees designed for Brazil’s pre-salt, four subsea distribution units, three topside master control stations for the Mero 1 Guanabara FPSO and spare parts. Besides, the contract covers installation and commissioning support services.

“We’re pleased to become a key supplier to Petrobras and its partners for the first full production project of this major development”. We have an extensive local workforce and over 40 years’ experience in Brazil and look forward to continuing to play an important role in the development of the country’s pre-salt resources,” said Luis Araujo, a chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.

The production has already begun. However, Aker Solutions will hold the installation between 2020 and 2023. Aker Solutions will use its subsea process plant in São José dos Pinhais and its subsea services base in Rio das Ostras to execute the work.

The company will install subsea production system on the first full-scale floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Mero. The FPSO is to come into service in 2021. Thus, It will process up to 180 000 bpd and 12 million m3 of gas per day.

The ultra-deepwater Mero field is almost 180 km south of Rio de Janeiro. Oil production there launched last November.

According to the statement, Petrobras is the operator of the consortium developing the Libra area. Also, Shell, Total, CNPC and CNOOC Limited are partners. Pre-Sal Petróleo S.A (PPSA) manages the Production Sharing Contract. The companies are not disclosing the value of the contract.

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