Electric pumps break through in Brazil

Hamworthy, Press release 18 January 2011 at 14:00 UTC+2

Hamworthy has brought its electrically-driven deepwell cargo pump technology to a new market, following a breakthrough contract in the Brazilian offshore sector.

The fluids handling specialist has received an order covering electric driven cargo pump systems for eight Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs) from Brazilian shipyard Engevix Construcões Oceânicas S.A.. The equipment will be delivered between 2012 and 2014.

Earmarked as a strong area for growth by the company, the latest order sees Hamworthy quickly following up on a string of contracts in Brazil.

“This is a fast-moving and dynamic market,” said Paul Fleetwood, Managing Director, Hamworthy Pumps Division. “We are especially pleased that the Brazilian offshore sector has shown its acceptance of the electrically-driven pump concept. As a technology provider, we welcome commitments from customers who recognise the long term benefits of lower maintenance and less downtime.”

Earlier this year, Gusto BV specified seawater lift pumps and electric fire pumps from Hamworthy for installation on board the Cidade de Paraty FPSO, due for delivery into Brazilian waters in 2013. The run of contracts also saw Hamworthy selected to supply cargo pump room systems equipment for the Papa Terra FPSO, for BW Offshore.

The eight FPSOs, each having the storage capacity of 1,600,000 barrels of oil, are in principle assigned to various field developments in the pre-salt area of Santos Basin.

Hamworthy said that, for each FPSO, it would deliver twelve cargo pumps, two slop pumps, two ballast pumps and two emergency pumps, including switchboards and electric motors.