January 30, 2019
The most recent data from the Navy’s Ports and Coasts Board help to draw a map of the offshore platforms in operation today in Brazil as well as those that are inactive. In all, there are 193 platforms, both production and drilling, of which 145 are in operation and 48 are idle.
The information also indicates that decommissioning activities will gain importance in the coming years within the Brazilian oil and gas market. A considerable slice of offshore production facilities in Brazil are old – more than 25 years in operation – according to the National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
According to the Navy’s report, there are at least six de-commissioning platforms: P-7, P-12, P-33, Rio das Ostras, Robalo-1 and FPSO Cidade Rio de Janeiro. The document does not, however, detail what stages these processes are currently in. ANP, in September last year, announced that there are six requests for decommissioning programs under analysis: P-15 and FPSO Piranema Spirit, in addition to the aforementioned P-7, P-12, P-33 and FSPO Cidade do Rio de January.
Speaking of drilling rigs, West Saturn recently had its compliance statement for platform operation extended to January 2020. The Vitoria 10000 rig had its declaration canceled, but watered down by contractual renewal and is authorized by the Navy to remain in Brazilian jurisdictional waters until February 20.