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Local competence at a glance, Part 2

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Oilfield Technology,

Marc Berger, MAN Diesel & Turbo, explains how the company is dealing with the challenges of the Brazilian oil and gas market.


Beneath the salt

Perfect partnership between local entity and headquarters secures large order comprising the delivery of six screw compressor packages for producing oil in Brazil. It was the first time the Brazilian local entity had acted as contractor. Its contractual partner, IESA Oleo e Gas S/A, ordered six two-stage screw compressor units for six FPSOs (floating production storage and offloading units) owned by end customer Petrobras – these are ships that are specially equipped for offshore oil production. The energy company intends to use them to tap into what are known as pre-salt deposits lying in the Santos Basin.

The business model enables a high degree of local manufacturing. This was vital for the project because of the existing agreement between Petrobras and the Brazilian government to give greater consideration to domestically manufactured components in new installations.

As contractor, MAN Diesel & Turbo Brazil coordinates and supervises the packaging, which is undertaken by a Brazilian partner. Another important element in the project is the purchase of local components, thereby ensuring that a significant proportion of the plant is "Made in Brazil". However, the core components and the complete engineering continue to come from Oberhausen.

Martin Kunze CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo Brasil Ltd. is enthusiastic: ”I am convinced that jointly securing this major order places us in an excellent position to win further local projects in the future.”

The locations in question have worked closely together on task sharing, and then input this into the project: Whereas the core components come from Europe, as contractor, our team in Brazil coordinates and supervises packaging and assembling of the unit’s components. Locally manufactured, high quality components are also to be purchased, ensuring overall that a major proportion of the facility is indeed “Made in Brazil”.


Gas turbine fleet reaches 4 Million EOH

About 150 kilometres off the Brazilian coast in the Campos Basin, which is home to approximately 80% of Brazilian oil and gas production, twenty MAN THM type gas turbines drive ten gas compressors and ten generators on four of Petrobras’ platforms - Cherne 1 and 2, Garoupa and Pampo. Furthermore, the customer has a backup fleet of seven further gas turbines for installation at short notice in the event of planned or unplanned service. This set of THM gas turbines reached in January 2012 a total of four million equivalent operating hours.

The gas turbines as well as the driven components are serviced by MAN PrimeServ within a long-term service agreement. As the first maintenance contract for the first platform dates back to 1988 MAN PrimeServ has been locking after all gas turbine and drive equipment since 2002. The long-term service agreement includes in addition the operation of the machinery trains, carrying out planned and unplanned servicing work, spare parts management and repair services. The contract covers secondary systems and the control system as well as the core components in the shape of the turbine, compressor and generator. MAN Diesel & Turbo is responsible for corrective and preventive maintenance and operation of the gas turbines.

Petrobras has just renewed the service contract for another five years.  “The renewal of the contract with Petrobras demonstrates that we have justified this exacting customer’s faith in us," says Martin Kunze, Managing Director of MAN Diesel & Turbo Brazil.




Part 3 of this article will be available soon.

Part 1 of this article is can be reached here.




Adapted by David Bizley

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