March 24, 2020
Petrobras launched invitations to bid for the fourth definitive Libra production system
Last Saturday (March 21), Petrobras launched invitations to tender for the charter of the fourth final FPSO in the Mero field, scheduled to go into operation in 2025.
The submission of proposals was scheduled for 17 August. By then, the Libra consortium (Petrobras, Shell, Total, CNOOC and CNPC) hopes to have completed the contracting of the third platform vessel, whose basic characteristics should be replicated in Mero 4.
The new FPSO will have the capacity to produce 180 thousand bopd, compress 12 million m³ / d of gas and inject 250 thousand m³ / d of gas. He will be chartered for 21 years.
The launch of the bid reinforces Petrobras’ strategy to further accelerate the pre-salt production development projects, in the face of the oil barrel price crisis and the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The pre-crisis expectation was that the oil company would, beforehand, publish the public notice for the Sergipe Águas Profundas production unit.
The first sharing project auctioned in Brazil, the Mero field produces 42,000 bopd by the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra, responsible for implementing early production systems in the area.
The first definitive Libra system will be the FPSO Guanabara, contracted from Modec and scheduled to start production in 2021. The FPSO of Mero 2 (Sepetiba), chartered by Petrobras to SBM, has the first oil scheduled for 2023.