US oil services major Baker Hughes is building an advanced electrical submersible pumping system (ESP) testing and development center in the Brazilian town of Macae in Rio de Janeiro state.
In a statement, the company said the facility is designed to test deepwater and subsea ESP completions prior to installation offshore Brazil.
The research center is set for completion by the end of this year.
"ESP technology is pivotal for boosting production from Brazil's ultra-deepwater fields and to produce the country's heavy oil reservoirs. Extensive prequalification testing of these complex systems is necessary to verify the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical integrity of ESP solutions for each specific application," the company said in a statement.
"High intervention costs associated with deepwater projects also drive testing requirements to confirm the proper integration of each system component," the company added.