October 17, 2019
Petrobras plans to begin production testing on its Sergipe deepwater discoveries in November, the company told the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP). The project had to be postponed for one year for maintenance at FPSO Cidade de São Vicente.
The agency’s board approved the new project schedule on Thursday (17). Petrobras needs to complete exploration of several oil and natural gas discoveries in the Sergipe Basin, but the vital step in deciding the next steps is a long-term test (TLD), a simplified production system designed to learn more about reservoirs.
The company intended to perform the test in 2018, but Ibama demanded that a cleaning be done on the FPSO Cidade de São Vicente hull, according to information submitted to the ANP. The platform is from BW Offshore and is contracted by Petrobras until the second quarter of 2020 – Long term test, as a rule, last six months. It has capacity to produce up to 30 thousand barrels / day of oil, connected to a well.
With the review, the deadline for the campaign’s completion in Cumbe, Farfan and Barra, discoveries made in the region, was postponed by one year from 2019 to December 2020.
Great potential in Sergipe
About six years ago, Petrobras made giant discoveries of oil and natural gas off the Sergipe offshore, with great gas production potential. Since then, the projects have been postponed and the current schedule is to install two definitive FPSOs by 2020. The company even seeks a new partner for the project, which is partially for sale.
Only one discovery, Poço Verde, has 11.9 billion (P50) m³ of natural gas in place (VGIP). Volumes are estimated for one of the reservoirs explored during well 1-BRSA-1022-SES discovery assessment plan , which began in 2013 and completed last year. The plan encompasses areas of the BM-SEAL-4A (where ONGC is 25% partner) and BM-SEAL-11 (100% Petrobras) contracts.