France-based Technip has won a contract from Papa Terra BV, a special purpose company formed by Petrobras and Chevron, to supply integrated production bundles (IPBs) for the Papa-Terra heavy oil field.

This field is located at a water depth of 1,200m in the Campos Basin, approximately 110km offshore Brazil.

The contract includes the engineering, procurement, manufacturing and supply of 27km of IPB risers and flowlines, and an electrical and monitoring module that will be installed on the P-63 floating production, storage and offloading unit.

Technip’s IPB technological solution will be used in the Papa-Terra field to increase the temperature of the produced fluid after long shut-downs in order to reduce its viscosity, thus enabling well production restart.

A new monitoring system, using the distributed temperature sensor technology, has been specially developed for this application and will be incorporated in the IPB.

The delivery of the modules and the IPBs are respectively scheduled for the first quarter and the end of 2012.

IPB is a flexible pipe with an incorporated electrical heating system aimed to increase internal fluid temperature, thus increasing oil flow.

Technip provides project management, engineering and construction services for the oil and gas industry.