May 08, 2018
The initial Petrobras plans to put eight platforms in operation in 2018, could undergo its first changes. Production and technology development director Hugo Repsold said that there is a possibility that the P-68 platform will start operations only in 2019. Despite the likelihood of extending the deadline, the executive stated that the oil company has not yet given up on meeting the previous target to start the operation as early as 2018.
The P-68 will operate in the Berbigão field and is one of eight FPSOs planned by Petrobrás to start production in 2018. Currently, the platform vessel is in the integration stage at the Jurong Aracruz shipyard in the state of Espírito Santo.
Meanwhile, the FPSO of the City of Campos dos Goytacazes is already on its way to the Tartaruga Verde field, after the integration and commissioning work at the BrasFels yard in Rio de Janeiro has been completed. The issuance of the unit’s definitive installation license took place in the first weeks of May.
The new units will certainly help in the growth of the company’s oil volumes. In the first quarter of 2018, Petrobras’ total oil and natural gas production was 2.68 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), 2.5 million boed in Brazil, 4% less than the first quarter of 2017, reflecting , mainly, the scheduled stops and the disinvestment in Lapa.