Wärtsilä has won an order from Brazilian shipyard Ecovix-Engevix Construções Oceânicas to supply complete mechanical packages, including generating sets and thrusters, for three new drillships.
The order is part of the ongoing Brazilian programme to build a number of drill units (DRUs) and advanced special-purpose vessels to serve its offshore oil industry.
Delivery of the equipment from Wärtsilä is scheduled to start in 2013.
Under the deal, each of the three new drill ships will be equipped with six Wärtsilä 32 generating sets, as well as six Wärtsilä underwater de-mountable thrusters.
Upon delivery from the Brazilian shipyard, the three new vessels will be operated in Brazil’s pre-salt offshore oil fields.
Brazil’s pre-salt offshore oil fields, located off the coasts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, are estimated to hold about 100 billion barrels of crude, deposited in a thick layer of salt in the Atlantic Ocean.
Ecovix awarded a contract to Wärtsilä Hamworthy in May 2012 to deliver inert gas generator units to eight floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) in the Santos Basin.