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Petrobras awards NOV and Baker Hughes flexible lines contract

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Petrobras has contracted NOV and Baker Hughes for the supply of flexible lines that will be used in the Marlim and Voador field revitalisation project.

Of the total 448 km of flexible lines in the project, 280 km were contracted with NOV and 168 km with Baker Hughes.

NOV will also supply up to 92 km of flexible lines for gas lift (gasification of the production column) in a contract signed earlier this year, while TechnipFMC and Baker Hughes will supply eight and five subsea production and injection manifolds respectively, in addition to anchoring materials, subsea equipment and umbilicals.

The Marlim and Voador revitalisation project aims to maximise the potential of these assets, located in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil.

The revitalisation project, operated 100% by Petrobras, foresees the installation of two new FPSO-type platforms in the North area (Module 1) and in the South area (Module 2) of the Marlim field. In 2019, the company signed contracts to charter the platforms with the MODEC (FPSO Anita Garibaldi) and Yinson (FPSO Anna Nery).

The two platforms, which will be interconnected to 77 wells (14 new and 63 that will be relocated from Production Units that will be decommissioned), should come into operation in 2023 and will allow for the extension of production from the field's deposits until 2048, with job maintenance and support services in the region. The new systems will make it possible to expand the current production of Marlim and Voador from around 45 000 boe/d to around 153 000 boe/d.

Marlim started producing in 1991 and is the field with the highest accumulated production by Petrobras, with almost 3 billion boe of oil. Of the 10 platforms originally installed, nine remain at the lease, and four are still in operation. The revitalisation project establishes the implementation of new systems in parallel with the decommissioning activities of the old units, and by 2025 all platforms in operation will be phased out.

Petrobras' 2021-2025 Strategic Plan foresees US$13 billion in investments to revitalise oil and gas production in the Campos Basin. The investments include the interconnection of approximately 100 wells to the systems that are in production, the intensification of exploratory campaigns in the pre-salt layer of the basin, new production projects and the extension of concession terms for the fields in the company's portfolio.

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