Altus Signs Automation Contract For 8 Pre-Salt Platforms

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Altus has signed a contract with Petrobras on Tuesday for the supply of automation systems of the first eight platforms for large-scale operations in the pre-salt. This is the biggest deal in the company's history, driven by the high level of local content served by Altus, in accordance with the requirements of Petrobras, its competitiveness and technological leadership.

The project includes automation and control of the eight platforms and consists of 12 integrated systems related to production processes, fire and gas detection and emergency shutdown (shutdown). The integration of systems held by Altus enable the production of 1.2 million barrels of oil a day when all platforms are in operation in 2017. This number corresponds to more than half the volume currently produced in Brazil. Besides oil, the platforms have the ability to process six million cubic meters of gas per day.

Altus is the only Brazilian company that develops products and automation technology for the production of oil & gas in deep waters. This status means that the company complies with the requirements of local content required by Petrobras for the platforms. The regulation of local content is part of a federal government policy to increase participation of domestic industry in the provision of goods and services, generating employment and income for the country.

According to the president of Altus, Luiz Gerbase, each of the eight platforms has a requirement to a percentage of local content in equipment ranging from 20% to 80% in the first eighth. "We achieved 80% local content on the first platform, where regulation provides 20%," he says.

The largest deal in the history of Altus is a milestone for the company, considering the importance of oil extraction in the pre-salt for the economy and the appreciation of the national industry. To Gerbase, supply Petrobras reinforces confidence in the technology developed in Brazil. "We are proud to be part of this historic moment, contributing to the development of the country."

The company plans to expand its workforce by hiring about 80 people in the areas of Engineering, Research & Development and administrative sectors.

FPSO Platforms

Due to the high depth and distance from shore in the exploration of pre-salt, the eight platforms are kind FSPOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) acronym meaning floating production and storage of oil. It is a type of ship responsible for the production and storage of oil. The production flow is accomplished by tankers, since there is not feasible for connecting pipelines.

The eight platforms have the same design, are replicas of one design series production in Rio Grande Shipyard (RS). This is the largest order of its kind in simultaneous global oil market. They are all anchored in the Santos Basin, six fields of Lula and Cernambi, and two in Guara and Carioca.

P-58 and P-62

Recently, Altus signed another large contract with Petrobras for the automation of new platforms P-58 and P-62. The two contracts resulting in ten new plafatormas that have automated systems for the Altus.

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