GE Oil & Gas and Brazilian energy company Petrobras have signed the world’s largest subsea wellhead production contract, worth nearly US$1.1 billion (R$2.2 billion). This includes the delivery of approximately 380 subsea wellhead systems and installation tools needed in oil well exploration; more than 75% of the parts will be made in Brazil.
GE announced the award of the contract at the 2012 Rio Oil & Gas being held 17-20 September in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2009, GE Oil & Gas and Petrobras signed what was then the biggest wellhead contract in history to date (in terms of number of wellheads), worth US$250 million.
Petrobras plans to install the subsea wellhead systems in various oil and gas fields in Brazil, including sub-salt. The equipment will be produced at the GE plant in Jandira (São Paulo), where GE has invested US$30 million to expand production capacity.
In the last 30 years, more than 1,200 GE wellhead systems and 180 subsea Christmas trees have been produced and installed in Brazil.