January 12, 2018
IBAMA issued in one day five environmental licenses for exploration and production of offshore oil and gas in Brazil. An Early Production System was released, four platforms were approved and a drilling campaign of up to seven wells with a training test.
Ibama has authorized the installation of three of the seven FPSOs that Petrobras plans to start operating in 2018. All units will be installed in the Búzios field, an onerous assignment area of the Santos Basin.
See below a panorama of the environmental licenses issued by Ibama on the last day 10:
Petrobras was authorized to carry out the Early Production System (EPS) for the Sururu field, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin. The project will be done by FPSO Cidade de São Vicente, a unit of BW Offshore, and has an environmental license until December 29, 2019.
The Sururu field was declared commercial by Petrobras in December 2014. The area is part of the exploratory works developed since the discovery of well 1-BRSA-618-RJS, in the Iara field, the former exploratory block BM-S-11 .
IBAMA has issued an installation permit for the FPSO P-74, the first unit in the Búzios field, which is valid until October 18, 2021. The FPSO P-74 is being integrated by the EBR Shipyard in São José do Norte. The hull of the unit arrived at the shipyard at the beginning of last year and is 326.2 m long, 56.6 m wide and 28.6 m high. The platform, which has the capacity to produce 150,000 barrels per day of oil, is expected to start operating next year.
The second Buzios platform was also licensed by Ibama until December 21, 2021. The FPSO P-75 is being built at the Cosco Shipyard in China. Petrobras’ acting Director of Production Development, Hugo Repsold, was recently in China visiting the project. The FPSO has the capacity to produce 150,000 barrels per day of oil and 6 million cubic meters per day of natural gas.
The last unit of the onerous assignment to be put into operation this year, the FPSO P-76 will be installed in the third module of the Búzios field. The unit will have the capacity to produce 150,000 barrels per day of oil and is in integration at the Techint plant in Paraná.
Wells in Carcará
Statoil received an environmental license from IBAMA for the drilling of up to seven wells in the exploratory block area BM-S-8, Carcará, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin. The license, which is valid for four years, also releases a short-term training test in an existing well.