Sulzer wins Petrobras project

In June 2004, Sulzer Pumps received an order from Petrobras for the delivery of highly engineered centrifugal pumps for a platform offshore Brazil. The order includes an assisted-operation and maintenance service contract for a period of eight years. The platform is expected to start operations in April 2006. When fully operational, it will collect and transport 40% of the Brazilian oil production. The PRA-1 is a fixed central repumping platform. The project is fully designed by Petrobras and represents an investment in the range of USD 2 billion. It contains a metal construction weighing 18,000 tons and will be installed 115km off the Brazilian shoreline in 105 m water depth. PRA-1 will receive oil and gas from seven different platforms and repump the products, representing 40% of the Brazilian oil production, onto ships for transport to local refineries. The production contract involves a total of ten pumps, nine of them supplied with all relevant auxiliaries, including couplings and lube oil units. The pumps are each driven by a 4.2MW electric motor and will be constructed of highly specialised duplex material.

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