The 2014-2018 Petrobras Business Plan foresees the allocation of US$10 billion in the oil and gas sector, including projects related to pipelines for gas transportation from the presalt area, such as Rota 3.
Last week, Tenaris was awarded the supply in this important project and will provide, starting in the first half of 2015, 373km of welded pipes.
The scope of the project foresees 22-in. pipes for the onshore section between Maricá and Itaboraí, 24-in. pipes in the shallow offshore stretch, and 20-in. pipes in the stretch located in water depths varying from 1500 to 2300m.
The pipes will be produced in Tenaris' production line in Brazil, the result of an investment of $180 million. The new U-O forming presses (pictured) produce pipes of greater thicknesses and higher steel grades, capable of withstanding the hostile environments in the exploration of ultra-deepwaters, which include high pressures and the transportation of hydrocarbonates in sour environments and high levels of corrosion.
Expected to be in operation by 2016-2017, Rota 3 will link the areas of Franco and Maricá (RJ), transporting natural gas extracted from the pre-salt to Comperj (RJ Petrochemical Complex) in Itaboraí - a project in which Confab Equipamentos and Tenaris in Brazil participated with the supply of furnaces, towers and pipes. The gas pipeline will have the capacity to transport 21 million cu. m of gas/day.