Mero FPSO offshore Brazil close to start-up

(OM) Petrobras expects to start up the FPSO Guanabara next month at the Mero field in the deepwater Libra block, offshore Brazil.

Connection activities at the oilfield – the third largest in Brail’s pre-salt regions after Búzios and Tupi – have finished, and the company is now waiting on regulatory approvals to initiate production.

This is the first permanent platform on Mero, with capacity to process up to 180,000 bbl of oil. Initially six producing wells and seven injectors will be connected to the FPSO.

João Henrique Rittershaussen, Production Development executive director at Petrobras, said: “FPSO Guanabara is the most complex production unit to operate in Brazil. The implementation of a project with such technology is the result of over a decade of experience in the pre-salt and of the joint collaboration among Petrobras, partners and suppliers. He said: “The project was conceived to combine production capacity, efficiency, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Petrobras’ first-quarter production rose to 2.80 MMboe/d, 3.4% above Q4, 2021. According to the company’s results overview, the main factors were the steady ramp-ups of the FPSOs Carioca (Sépia field) and P-68 (Berbigão and Sururu fields) in the pre-salt Santos basin; reduced production losses due to maintenance stoppages; and the start-up of new wells in the post-salt Campos basin.

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