US oil and gas contractor McDermott International has secured an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Petrobras for a natural gas pipeline project related to the Rota 3 gas export system in offshore Brazil.
The 220-mile pipeline system is designed to support Petrobras’ Santos basin pre-salt field programme.
Rota 3 is a rigid pipeline project that is part of the company’s Santos Basin pre-salt gas offloading and transportation system. The project comprises three subsea segments and one onshore segment.
The contract awarded to McDermott involves the implementation of the ultra-shallow segment of the new Rota 3 gas export pipeline. The company will install the third phase of the pipeline, which connects the offshore pre-salt pipeline system to an onshore location at Maricá City, 62 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.
Under the terms of the contract, McDermott is responsible for the design and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation of six miles of a 24in rigid concrete-coated pipeline, including a horizontal directional drill, tie-in spools and pre-commissioning of the pipeline.
The company’s team in Rio de Janeiro will deliver overall project management and engineering, with support from the Houston team.
McDermott North, Central and South America senior vice-president Richard Heo said: “Rota 3 is a major pre-salt development area that is important to the future of oil and gas production for Brazil.
“McDermott has the local and global expertise, capabilities and assets to support operations in pre-salt environments, particularly with the delivery of our previously announced J-Lay configuration modification to our Amazon vessel.
“Our office in Rio will execute this near-term project utilising expertise they have previously demonstrated in a series of recent EPCI projects successfully completed in-country for Petrobras and other operators.”
Though the value of the contract was not disclosed, McDermott indicated that it is valued between $50m and $250m.