Equinor will launch in June tenders for the Engineering (Feed) for the FPSO, subsea and Surf of the Carcará development project in the Santos Basin cluster. The oil company’s goal is to close all three processes in 2019, possibly in December.
The Norwegian company will not specify any technical alternatives, leaving the companies free to present their solutions. Because of this strategy, the group will pay for some of the feeds and, at the end of the process, will choose the best technical alternatives.
In the case of the FPSO, Equinor has already had previous discussions with Modec and SBM to verify the best alternative for the project. It is certain that the unit will be developed from a newbuild (new hull), and the tendency is for the production plant to have capacity for 220,000 b / d of oil – the maximum limit studied by the technical team, which evaluated units to from 180 thousand bopd.
Like the strategy adopted in other projects, the FPSO should be owned and not chartered. The tendering template will be closed shortly.
Carcará’s development plan foresees the production of the first oil field between 2023 and 2024, with the injection of all gas production. It will be turned to the discovery made in block BM-S-8.
Equinor’s projection is that the complementary phase will be put into production three and a half years later. In this case, the focus will be on the area of Norte de Carcará, acquired in the second round of production sharing, with gas production outflow.
Equinor has been evaluating internally the development of the second phase, which will require the installation of a second FPSO. The details of the project will be defined based on the outcome of the evaluation well being drilled in the area by the Seadrill West Saturn.
Following the campaign, West Saturn will conduct a DST (Drill Stem Test) in the Guanxuma prospectus, also discovered on the BM-S-8. The drillship has a charter agreement with Equinor until August.
The Carcará field was discovered by Petrobras in 2012 and acquired by Equinor in 2016. The Norwegian oil company holds a 40% stake in the asset, having as partners ExxonMobil (40%) and Galp (20%).
Source: BE Petroleum