Wärtsilä continues Brazilian success

22 Nov 2012

Finland’s propulsion expert, Wärtsilä, is continuing its success witinh the Brazilian drill ship programme with another genset and propulsion order for three new vessels.

This latest contract is to supply complete mechanical packages, comprising the generating sets and thrusters, for three new drill ships to be built by Brazilian shipyard ECOVIX. The vessels will be employed in Brazil's pre-salt offshore oil fields.

The new ships will each be powered by six Wärtsilä 32 generating sets and will feature six Wärtsilä underwater de-mountable thrusters. Delivery of the equipment will begin in 2013.

Magnus Miemois, vice president, solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power, said: "The emergence of Wärtsilä as the partner most frequently specified in the DRU programme is no coincidence. Our experience as a global leader in systems integration, and our successful track record in providing total integrated solutions for the most demanding and difficult offshore applications, adds real value regarding the project completion targets.”

A recent report by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) monthly Oil Market Report forecasts world oil demand reaching 95 million barrels per day in 2016. Extending 500 miles across the Santos, Campos and Espirito Santo basins, Brazil's pre-salt fields hold an estimated 10 billion to 16 billion barrels. These resources could eventually result in Brazil becoming one of the largest producers of oil in the world. This has led to tremendous growth in the country's shipbuilding industry, and large investments in offshore drilling and platform supply vessels.

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