Brazil’s Petrobras in new $1 billion-plus drive for pipelay support vessels

Brazilian state-controlled player Petrobras has issued a new invitation to tender for the charter of numerous flexible pipelaying support vessels, following a decision earlier this year to cancel a bidding competition after contractors disputed the final outcome.

Petrobras last October received offers from Subsea7, DOF Subsea and Sapura Navegacao — a joint venture between Seadrill and Sapura Energy — in a tender to contract PLSVs for operation in Brazil, but the tender was eventually axed in February due to “unfixable vices” in the judging criteria of the commercial proposals.