Curtiss-Wright Corporation, a North Carolina-based company, has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test and provide operational support for a subsea canned motor boosting system. The two companies are collaborating to develop a subsea boosting system for unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid that includes a mixture of oil, gas and particulates.
The system will be operational at a 1,500-meter water depth and designed for a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. Curtiss-Wright is responsible for the design, manufacture, and water-based testing at its Pennsylvania facility, while multiphase testing involving hydrocarbons will be conducted at a facility in Brazil.
According to Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the collaboration will allow the company to use its proven canned motor technology expertise in an adjacent market and provide significant value to Petrobras. The technology is expected to enable reliable subsea production with fewer topside support systems and allows for flexibility in deploying the systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels.
It is expected that the first subsea canned motor boosting system will be ready for operation in 2027. Additionally, the design provides flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, aligning with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap. This collaboration is expected to help both companies achieve their goals of increasing efficiency and reducing costs in their respective markets.