(PetroNoticia) The Libra block development project will move forward. Petrobras applied to the Brazilian Institute of the Environment (Ibama) for the operating license for the second Early Production System (SPA) in the Mero field, located within the block. Like the first SPA in the area, this new project will also be carried out with the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra.
To remember, an Early Production System is a stage performed after the declaration of commerciality in the field. The activity serves to estimate the production potential and obtain dynamic data on the flow of fluids in the reservoirs. FPSO Pioneiro de Libra, owned by the joint venture Altera & Ocyan, has the capacity to process up to 50,000 barrels of oil and 4 million cubic meters of associated gas daily.
The first Libra SPA started in December 2018, shortly after the completion of the Long Term Test (TLD) in the region. In parallel, Petrobras should start operating the first definitive FPSO in the field in 2022. Named Guanabara, the platform ship – built by SBM – would have its first oil in the last quarter of this year, but the schedule was postponed. In addition to this, two other definitive units are being built for Mero: the FPSO Sepetiba, owned by Modec; and FPSO Marechal Duque de Caxias, from MISC Berhad.