More FPSOs heading to Petrobras fields offshore Brazil

(OM) Petrobras has issued an update on the latest FPSOs added to its fields offshore Brazil.

On June 21, the P-68, which operates in the Berbigão and Sururu fields in the Santos Basin, reached full production capacity and earlier this month achieved a production record of 161,000 bbl/d.

This was above the floater’s nominal capacity and followed optimizations in the production plant.

FPSO Guanabara continues to ramp up production, averaging 65,000 bbl/d in the third quarter following startup of two new oil and natural gas production wells and two new gas injectors.

At the start of this month, FPSO Anna Nery, contracted with Yinson, arrived at the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis for the final phase of commissioning and preliminary acceptance tests ahead of startup in 2023. The 70,000-bbl/d-capacity platform is part of the Marlim and Voador Revitalization project, which will also include FPSO Anita Garibaldi.

The two FPSOs will replace nine stationary production units. Four of these are in operation (P-18, P-19, P-20 and P-47), while a further five are being decommissioned (P-26, P-32, P-33, P-35 and P-37). FPSO Anna Nery is scheduled to start operations in 2023.

FPSO Almirante Barroso, with oil processing capacity of 150,000 bbl/d, arrived at the Brasfels shipyard on Oct. 5 to undergo a further commissioning stage of its equipment and production systems, along with regulatory inspections and preliminary acceptance tests.

This will be the first chartered platform (leased from MODEC) to operate on the giant Búzios Field in the presalt Santos Basin under production via the P-74, P-75, P-76 and P-77. It should start operations in 2023.

FPSO Anita Garibaldi, also chartered from MODEC, departed DSIC shipyard in China on Oct. 6 for Aracruz in Espirito Santo state, where it will undergo commissioning activities, regulatory inspections and preliminary acceptance tests. It is due to start operating at the Marlim and Voador Revitalization project next year.

The P-71 platform left the Jurong Aracruz shipyard in Espírito Santo on Oct. 15 and arrived at the Itapu Field in the Santos Basin presalt area on Oct. 20. This will be the sole production platform at the field, with an oil processing capacity of 150,000 bbl/d.

It is being anchored, and following connection of production risers, it could begin operating in December.

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