Sulzer to Supply Pumps for Brazilian FPSOs

Sulzer barrel casing pumpSulzer Pumps will supply 42 pumps for installation on two floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels (P-66 and P-69) that will operate in the pre salt Iracema cluster areas located in the Santos Basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The order, consisting of pump packages for seawater lift, water injection and auxiliary services, was awarded by Keppel FELS Brasil SA through its affiliate Lindel Private Ltd.

Keppel FELS Brasil was awarded the contracts for the fabrication and integration of the two FPSO vessels, P-66 and P-69, by Tupi BV, a consortium led by Petrobras. With this order, Sulzer Pumps will be supplying pumps for eight FPSOs currently under construction for Petrobras.  Sulzer already has more than 1300 pumps in service for Petrobras in off Brazil.

The water injection pump packages contain API 610 BB5 pump models driven by a 5.5 MW electric motors. The seawater lift pump packages include vertical pumps driven by 960kW submersible electric motors. Other pumps are used for various auxiliary services essential to FPSO operations, such as cooling water circulation, hot water circulation, and water injection pump boosting.

The pump packages that are scheduled for delivery in 2014 will be built at Sulzer Pumps’ facility in Jundiaí, São Paulo. This is a development, manufacturing, and distribution center for Sulzer, which has been in the country since 1948. Sulzer Pumps has two manufacturing facilities and three service centers in Brazil, employing about 700 people.

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