(PN) The FPSO Guanabara is almost ready to start oil production in Campo de Mero, located in the Libra Block, in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin. The platform will be part of the first definitive system to operate in Mero, the third largest pre-salt field (after Buzios and Tupi). The unit will be connected to the wells, subsea equipment and will carry out final tests in the coming months, before starting production, scheduled for the first half of this year. The FPSO Guanabara was converted and integrated at the DSIC shipyard, in Dalian – China. After leaving China, it stopped for 2 months at the Drydocks World Dubai (DDWD) shipyard in Dubai, where commissioning activities were carried out.
With the capacity to produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and process 12 million m3 of gas, the FPSO Guanabara will be the first in a series of four definitive platforms scheduled for the Mero field. The unit will be anchored more than 150 km from the coast, in a water depth that reaches 1,930 meters. The platform has a height of 172 meters, and a length of 332 meters. In addition, it has a power generation capacity of 100 megawatts, enough to supply a city of 330,000 inhabitants.
“The development of the Mero field will be decisive for us to maintain the accelerated pace of pre-salt production. Furthermore, it reflects our strategy of focusing on deepwater assets, which combine substantial reserves, high productivity and resilience even in low oil price scenarios”, said Petrobras Exploration and Production Director, Fernando Borges. “Mero also enshrines the integrated work with our partners and suppliers, in addition to promoting innovative and sustainable solutions, which have expanded the technological limits of the world oil industry”, he added.
One of these innovative solutions in the development of production in this field is an unprecedented technology, focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the productivity and efficiency of the project: the HISEP, equipment that will remove at the seabed excess CO2 from gas present in Mero. The technology is a Petrobras patent, with the potential to increase production and field efficiency, in addition to reducing costs and gas emissions. The forecast is that the HISEP will go into operation connected to the third definitive platform scheduled for the Mero field. The Libra Consortium is operated by Petrobras (40%), in partnership with Shell Brasil (20%), TotalEnergies (20%), CNPC (10%) and CNOOC Limited (10%), with Pre-Salt as its manager. Petroleo SA (PPSA).