After a planning and negotiation process lasting more than two years, voestalpine Grobblech GmbH has secured a further major contract in Brazil. The Rota 3 project will lay a deep-ocean pipeline near Rio de Janeiro at depths of up to 2,500 meters below sea level. Following the Tupi and Cabiunas projects, this is the third pipeline being laid in the Santos basin with our long-term Brazilian partner Tenaris Confab. Football’s 2014 World Cup host country has enabled voestalpine to score a hat trick in the pipeline business, winning through against competitors in Europe and Asia. The overall project customer is the Brazilian company Petrobras, one of the world’s largest energy companies with annual revenues of around USD 150 billion.
voestalpine will supply sour-gas-resistant, high-strength linepipe plates which meet the highest quality standards, delivering them between September 2014 and March 2015. Rota 3 is a 380-km pipeline connecting the natural gas and oil field in the Santos basin just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro with the Comberj refinery. At 132,000 tons, the 2012 forerunner project, Cabiunas, was the largest linepipe steel order in voestalpine’s history.