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Shallow water pipeline installation in Brazil

  • Pipeline installation over a distance of 14.6 kilometres
  • Gas pipeline with a diameter of 24 inch
  • Water depths of 8-40 metres

Brazil is on the cutting edge of the international oil and gas industry. It owes its position to its colossal oil and gas reserves, which are large enough to ensure the country’s ranking as one of the top five oil producers in the world. The Santos Basin is the largest offshore sedimentary basin in Brazil and is located approximately 300 kilometres off the coast of the state of São Paulo. To optimise operations, energy company Petrobas needed a pipeline to transport the flow of gas from the Santos Basin to the onshore processing plant in Cabiúnas. A perfect job for Van Oord’s ingenious people and equipment

Stingray’s unique talents

After completing projects in Taiwan and South Korea in 2013, the Cabiúnas pipeline was our third shallow water pipe line project. Main contractor Saipem engaged Van Oord to install the first part of this 380-kilometre-long gas export trunkline, called Rota Cabiúnas (the Cabiúnas route). It was executed using the shallow water pipelay barge Stingray. What is so special about this equipment? Thanks to the unique Stringray, Van Oord can offer a wider range of services in a complete one-stop shop package for shallow water oil and gas developments. It’s a large and impressive vessel designed in accordance with the highest quality and safety standards.

We had quite a few setbacks at first, but the Stingray’s performance improved a lot. In the end, our output was considerably higher than we had estimated beforehand. That gave everyone involved a real boost.

Joop Rijkers, Project Manager

Eager to learn

Entrepreneurship, professionalism, team spirit and, above all, ingenuity. It all characterises the people working for Van Oord,’ says Area Manager Offshore Koos van Oord. ‘Besides the project execution itself, the biggest challenges had to do with the engineering and the detailed calculations that were needed. A team of various engineers worked very hard on this for months and got everything ready in time. We also had to refit the Stingray before the project, for example to allow us to use the heli-deck. That hadn’t yet been used during the Stingray’s two previous projects. This required flexibility and an eagerness to learn: all ingredients that were present in our team.’ 

Thanks to this contract in Brazil, we can add another prestigious project to the track record of our shallow water pipe lay barge Stingray.

Koos van Oord, Area Manager
Koos van Oord, Area Manager
Additional information
  • Start date
    30 November 2013
  • End date
  • Location
    Cabiúnas, Brazil
  • Business Unit
    Offshore oil & gas
  • Client