Curtiss-Wright and Petrobras Unveil Revolutionary Seal-Less Canned Motor Boosting System for Subsea Production

Petrobras aims for dependable subsea production using topside-less technology

Petrobras, a Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company, has selected Curtiss-Wright Corporation, based in North Carolina, to provide a seal-less canned motor boosting system for their field in the Campos Basin. This technology will aid in reliable subsea production.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has partnered with Petrobras to design, manufacture, test, and provide operational support for a subsea canned motor boosting system. This system will be deployed mudline at a Petrobras production field in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The goal is to create a subsea boosting system that can handle unprocessed hydrocarbon fluid at a 1,500-meter water depth.

The design and manufacturing of this new technology are taking place at Curtiss-Wright’s Cheswick, Pennsylvania facility within its Naval & Power Segment. Multiphase testing with hydrocarbons will take place at a facility in Brazil. The first subsea canned motor boosting system is expected to be ready for operation in 2027.

This innovative technology aims to enable reliable subsea production while requiring fewer topside support systems. It also provides flexibility to deploy these systems on lighter-weight, lower-cost vessels that are more readily available than the larger handling vessels required today’s operations.

The canned motor pump technology is expected to be a key component in Petrobras’ objective of all-electric subsea boosting systems that will allow long tie-back production arrangements. Additionally, the design offers flexibility to deploy future Curtiss-Wright topside-less subsea boosting systems scalable to 6 MW for multiphase applications, which aligns with Petrobras’ technology development roadmap.

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