Prysmian to supply steel tube umbilicals for Mero project

Prysmian Group, a services provider in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract by Libra, a consortium of international oil & gas operators, for steel tube umbilicals to be installed in the Mero oilfield, located offshore Brazil. 

Source: Prysmian

The Libra Consortium is led by Petrobras – with a 40% interest – in partnership with Shell Brasil (20%), Total (20%), CNPC (10%), and CNOOC Ltd. (10%). The consortium also has the participation of the state-owned company Pré-Sal Petróleo SA (PPSA) as manager of the production sharing agreement.

More specifically, the award refers to Mero 1, an ultra-deep-water project, which will consist of up to 17 wells and one FPSO, situated approximately 180 km offshore Rio de Janeiro in the pre-salt area of the Santos basin at a water depth of approximately 2,000 m below sea level with oil production due to start in 2021, Prysmian said on Thursday.

According to Prysmian, the Mero 1 project is the first project in the region to use steel tube umbilicals.

The contract includes the supply of approximately 60 km of steel tube umbilicals consisting of 9 and 12 functions 1/2“ diameter 10kpsi super duplex steel tubes that will be manufactured in the group’s production unit in Vila Velha.

Petrobras and its partners took the investment decision for the second phase of the Mero project in June 2019. The investment decision followed the production start-up on the field in November 2017 (Early Production System) and the launch of the first phase of the project (Mero 1) approximately a month later.


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