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Construction of a gas pipeline linking the pre-salt to COMPERJ is fiercely disputed by 3 companies

Written by Paulo Nogueira
Published 20/02/2018 às 07:27



The tender is for the ultra-shallow stretch of gas pipelines on Route 3 that will connect the Santos Basin to Comperj. The big moment is coming.

O COMPERJ has been receiving a relentless range of bids to make the Brazilian oil machine run more strongly. Each bidding stage represents a different type of service and finding companies that specialize in them is extremely difficult due to their engineering particularities. Many even find it strange and think that the works will not come out, but understand, it is not a question of yes or no, but when.

Another important tender that is at stake now is the construction of the last 10km of route 3 submarine gas pipeline, which will connect COMPERJ to the pre-salt layer in the Santos Basin. This work is important so that we can dispose of all Brazilian production, otherwise production will be reduced and a lot of excess gas will be burned, and that is literally losing money. See in the image below where the duct comes from

Companies that are in contention

Three companies submitted proposals for the installation of the remaining gas pipelines that would connect the pre-salt to the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex: Allseas, McDermott and Sapura. It is noteworthy that these were the only companies that presented expertise for construction in shallow, deep and ultra-deep waters. Saipem, Subsea 7 and TechnipFMC were also called to participate in the bid, but ended up giving up because they did not have the necessary expertise or the work was not economically viable.

So far, the last section installed is installed on Jacone beach, Rio de Janeiro, and the company Allseas had carried out this last installation. Last week, Petrobras announced a tender for the construction of the remaining utilities (UTR-3), Construction of the Pipe-hack and 345 kV transmission line and a substation. There are a series of undertakings within Comperj that will move the economy of Itaboraí and the cities that belong to Conlest a lot.

Paulo Nogueira

With a technical background, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.

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