Expected to be in operation by 2016/17, Rota 3 will link the areas of Franco (SP) and Maricá (RJ), assuring the increase of oil production from the Pre-Salt layer, and guaranteeing the transportation of natural gas extracted from the Pre-Salt to Comperj (RJ Petrochemical Complex) in Itaboraí. The gas pipeline will have the capacity to transport 21MCM of gas per day.
The 2014–2018 Petrobras Business Plan foresees the allocation of USD 10B in the oil and gas sector, including projects related to pipelines for gas transportation from the Pre-Salt area, such as Rota 3. Last week Tenaris was awarded the contract to supply 373km of welded pipes for this project, starting in the first half of 2015.
The scope of the project includes 22” pipes for the onshore section between Maricá and Itaboraí, 24” pipes in the shallow offshore stretch, and 20” pipes in the stretch located in water depths varying from 1500m to 2300m.
The pipes will be produced in the Tenaris production line in Brazil. The new U-O forming presses produce pipes of greater thicknesses and higher steel grades, capable of withstanding the hostile environments in the exploration of ultra-deep waters, which include high pressures and the transportation of hydro carbonates in sour environments and high levels of corrosion.