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Petrobras Marlim - Oil and Water Subsea Separation

Brazil, Campos Basin

Landmark: World's first system for deepwater subsea separation of heavy oil and water that includes reinjection of water to boost production in a mature field development.

FMC Technologies' scope of supply consists of a subsea separation and pumping system. The subsea separation module separates heavy oil, gas, sand and water at a water depth of 2,950 feet (900 meters). The system applies FMC Technologies' separation and sand management technologies, utilizing a novel pipe separator design, licensed and developed in cooperation with StatoilHydro. The separation system also includes cyclone modules that will perform water treatment before reinjecting the water back into the reservoir.

This first pilot was designed to qualify the technology of subsea separation. All technologies were tested in laboratories and proved in real scale on Marlim field.

The system was jointly engineered between FMC Technologies' operations in Brazil, Norway and the Netherlands.  Final manufacturing and integration activities were performed at the company’s Rio de Janeiro facility, with deliveries in 2011.

  • Contract Award Date: August 2009, with deliveries in 2011
  • Sales Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Manufacturing: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Engineering and Testing: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Asker, Norway; and Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • Service Base: Macaé, Brazil
  • Host Type: FPSO
  • Contract Type: EPC