July 23, 2018
The semi-submersible P-56 was the last platform to start operating in Marlim Sul.Picture: Courtesy PAC
The ANP’s board approved the extension of the concession contract for the Marlim Sul field in deep waters of the Campos Basin for 25 years. With the decision, Petrobras could produce in the region until 2052. The decision was approved during a board meeting of the regulatory body held last week.
The Marlim Sul field was discovered in November 1987 through well 4-RJS382 and is about 90 km from the Cape of São Tomé, on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro, between 800 and 2,500 m. in depth and an area of 884.11 km². The field started production in April 1994 and now has eight platforms, six of which are production platforms – P-26, P-37, P-38, P-40, P-51 and P-56 – Autonomous Rebombeio Platform (PRA-1), and an oil storage facility, the FSO Cidade de Macaé.
Why is it important? Marlim Sul is part of the Marlim field complex that is expected to supply Comperj oil in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier this month, Petrobras announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to evaluate the refinery’s completion and a stake in the Marlim field complex project, which covers the Marlim, Voador, Marlim Leste and Marlim Sul, all in the Campos Basin.
The ANP board had already extended the concession contract for the Marlim and Voador fields, also until 2052. Petrobras will revitalize production in the area and install two new FPSOs in the field. The bids are open and the bids will be delivered on September 10. The charter contracts have a term equal to the extension of the concession contracts: 25 years.
Decommissioning. In addition to installing two new FPSOs in the area, Petrobras will withdraw eight platforms that are currently producing in the field, beginning this year by FPSO P-33, which in December completes 20 years of operation. Here is the complete decommissioning schedule in Marlim: https://goo.gl/z6wXJ8
The ANP is also analyzing the extension of the concession contract for the Marlim Sul field. The area currently has two production platforms: the semi-submersible P-53 and the FPSO Cidade de Niterói, chartered with Modec. The field started producing in 2000 and currently produces 46 thousand barrels per day of oil and from 24 producing wells.