GE Oil & Gas, a unit of U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co., said Tuesday it won a $500 million contract to provide Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras with turbomachinery equipment and services for deepwater oil production.

"The contract will serve the four new floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs P-74, P-75, P-76 and P-77) in the Cessão Onerosa region of the Santos Basin pre-salt fields, in the state of São Paulo," GE Oil & Gas said in a statement.

The company will provide Petrobras with 16 100-MW turbogenerators that will be used on the oil rigs operating in the pre-salt areas.

"Our focus is to seek partnerships like this, where GE can offer its expertise to support the economic development of Brazil," GE Latin America president and CEO Reinaldo Garcia said. "The country continues to assume an increasingly strategic position to the company's business globally, and Petrobras is one of the most important partners we have."

Petrobras is also acquiring eight turbocompression trains and "32 electric motor driven compressors for gas main, export services and CO2 re-injection," GE Oil Mexico Gas said. EFE