The development stage of the Mero field, within the Libra area, will enter a new phase. Petrobras obtained the environmental license for the installation of the asset’s second Early Production System (SPA 2), located in the Santos Basin. The document was issued this month by the Brazilian Environmental Institute (Ibama) and will be valid for three years.
As well as the first Mero SPA, the area’s new advance production system will also be made with the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra. The vessel has the capacity to produce 50,000 barrels of oil daily and to compress and reinject 4 million cubic meters of gas per day. The ship is operated by the joint-venture Altera & Ocyan, formerly known as TK-Ocyan.
The SPA is a stage where Petrobras collects technical information on the behavior of reservoirs and the flow of oil in underwater lines, among other data. All this information will help the state company to install the definitive production system, the FPSO Sepetiba (FPSO Mero 2), scheduled to go into operation in 2023.