In 2022, Baker Hughes Masoneilan won a critical API control valve package for the Mero-3 offshore FPSO project. Shipped in Jan 2023, these severe service valves will control a wide range of onboard processes ranging from high-pressure water injection to high-pressure gas manifold management.
The order includes forged duplex stainless steel valves that are API-6A compliant and capable of working pressures up to 15,000 psi. All valves were designed, manufactured, and tested with successful first pass yield in the Conde, France facility where Baker Hughes maintains their API-6A Center of Excellence for offshore control valve products.
All valves will be ship mounted on the Mero-3 dedicated FPSO vessel Marechal Duque de Caxias built by MISC Malaysia, with production expected in 2024. Mero-3 is the third of four Mero sectors in the Santos Basin offshore of Rio de Janeiro, managed by Petrobras, Shell, Total, and other partners, estimated to contain 3-4 billion barrels of oil. The Mero field was discovered in 2010, and Mero-3 includes 15 wells in 2200 meters of water and is expected to process 180,000 barrels of oil and 12MM cubic meters of gas per day.