The ultra-deepwater Mero field, located in the northwestern area of the original Libra block, about 180km south of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the largest oil discoveries in Brazil’s pre-salt area where first oil was produced in November 2017.

The subsea production system will comprise 12 vertical subsea trees designed for pre-salt, four subsea distribution units, three topside master control stations for the Mero 1 Guanabara FPSO and spare parts.

The contract also includes installation and commissioning support services for the project.

Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: “We’re pleased to become a key supplier to Petrobras and its partners for the first full production project of this major development.

“We have an extensive local workforce and over 40 years’ experience in Brazil and look forward to continuing to play an important role in the development of the country’s pre-salt resources.”

The work will be carried out by Aker Solutions’ subsea manufacturing facility in São José dos Pinhais and its subsea services base in Rio das Ostras.

Work has already begun and deliveries are scheduled for 2020, and installations are scheduled between 2020 and 2023.

The subsea production system will be connected to Guanabara FPSO, the first full-scale floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Mero.

The FPSO is scheduled to begin operations in 2021 and will have capacity to process up to 180,000 barrels of oil a day and 12 million m³ of gas a day.

A consortium led by Petrobras and consisting of Shell, Total, CNPC and CNOOC is developing the Libra area. Pre-Sal Petróleo (PPSA) manages the Production Sharing Contract.

The companies did not disclose the value of the contract.

Aker Solutions provides products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Its engineering, design and technology bring discoveries into production and maximize recovery.