FPSO Guanabara on its way to Mero

The FPSO Guanabara left Dubai Dry Docks shipyard destined to the Mero field, in the Santos Basin, where it will operate for the consortium formed by Petrobras, Shell, Total, CNOOC and CNPC. The Modec unit has already started mobilization procedures and will be brought in by tugboats.

The estimate is that the trip will take around 60 days. The FPSO Guanabara will make up module 1 of Mero, the first definitive system of the asset, which is expected to start operating between the end of March and the beginning of April.

The unit will proceed directly to the Mero field, starting the mooring operation and then the pull in activity of the wells. The system will have the capacity to produce 180 thousand barrels/day of oil, being able to compress 12 million m³/day of gas.

The FPSO Guanabara will be connected to 17 wells. The charter contract between Petrobras and Modec was signed at the end of 2017, and is valid for 22 years.

According to the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, the FPSO Guanabara was scheduled to start operating at the end of 2021, but the Covid-19 pandemic ended up affecting the pace of works abroad.

In addition to the Mero 1 system, the Petrobras, Shell, Total, CNOOC and CNPC consortium foresees the entry into operation of three more platform ships in the asset, with a capacity to produce 180 thousand barrels/day of oil and compress 12 million m³/day of gas.

The list includes FPSOs Sepetiba (module 2), scheduled to start operating in 2023, Marshal Duque de Caxias (module 3), scheduled for 2024, and Alexandre Gusmão (module 4), with first oil scheduled for 2025.

Currently, all asset activity is limited to the early production system of the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra. Operated by the Ocyan/Altera consortium, the unit has been ensuring a production of around 34,000 boe/day.

Apart from the new units, the Petrobras, Shell, Total, CNOOC and CNPC consortium will in the future relocate the Pioneiro de Libra FPSO to a new area, close to Mero 2. Named Mero Recovery Factor (FR), the system will have two wells.

The Mero field was discovered as a result of exploratory work carried out in the Libra area, the first block tendered under the production sharing regime in Brazil.

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