French oil company seeks vessel to launch campaign in Santos Basin
Total received proposals this week to charter a PLSV to carry out activities in the Lapa field in the Santos Basin pre-salt. The duration of the contract will be approximately one year.
The oil company took over the operation of Lapa – acquired for US $ 1.95 billion from Petrobras – in January of this year. Repsol-Sinopec (25%) and Petrobras (10%) are partners with a 35% stake in assets.
Total’s schedule foresees the start of a drilling campaign in Lapa in the first quarter of 2019, lasting between nine and 12 months.
According to recent Abeam data for September, there are 17 PLSVs in the country: Sapura Jade, Onix, Diamante, Esmeralda and Rubi, from Sapura Navegação; the Skandi Açu, Búzios, Niterói, Vitória and Recife, of the Dofcon consortium; the Seven Rio, Cruzeiro, Sun and Waves, from Subsea 7; and the Top Coral of the Atlantic and Star of the Sea (Technip-Odebrecht).
Of these vessels, only the Skandi Niterói and Vitória are not currently in the service of Petrobras.
Later this year, Petrobras is due to receive a new PLSV, Skandi Olinda, whose works are being completed at the Vard Promar Shipyard.
Source: Brazil Energy