Brazil: Oil production drops 4.6% in November

The total production of Oil and Natural Gas for the month of November 2022 was 3.978 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), of which 3.095 million barrels of oil per day (bbl/d) and 140.380 million cubic meters of natural gas per day (m³/d). In oil, there was a reduction of 4.6% in comparison with the previous month. In comparison with November 2021, there was an increase of 8.5%. In natural gas, production fell 5.6% compared to October and rose 2.8% compared to the same month of the previous year. The data are from the ANP.

The drop in oil and gas production was mainly due to scheduled and unscheduled production stoppages at the FPSOs “Cidade de Ilha Bela”, “Cidade de Caraguatatuba” and “Cidade de Mangaratiba”, located in the pre-salt layer.

Pre-salt production in October was 2.964 million boe/d and corresponded to 74.5% of Brazilian production. 2.327 million bbl/d of oil and 101.35 million m³/d of natural gas were produced through 129 wells. There was a reduction of 5.7% in relation to the previous month and an increase of 9.2% in comparison with the same month of the previous year.

Use of natural gas

In November, the use of natural gas was 97.4%. 50.53 million m³/d were made available to the market and 3.65 million m³/d were burned. There was an increase in flaring of 25.6% compared to the previous month (due to the commissioning of FPSO Guanabara and the scheduled stoppage of FPSO Cidade de Ilha Bela) and a reduction of 3.6% compared to November 2021.

Origin of production

In November, offshore fields produced 97.6% of oil and 84.7% of natural gas. The fields operated by Petrobras, alone or in consortium with other companies, were responsible for 91.61% of the total produced. Production came from 5,914 wells, 500 offshore and 5,414 onshore.

Fields and facilities

In November, the Tupi field, in the Santos Basin pre-salt, was the largest producer of oil and gas, registering 812.49 thousand bbl/d of oil and 38.38 million m³/d of natural gas .

The facility with the highest oil production was FPSO Carioca (Mv-30), which produced 173,746 thousand bbl/d in the Sépia, Sépia Leste and Sépia Eco fields. The one with the highest natural gas production was the FPSO Guanabara, having produced 9.24 million m³/d of natural gas in the shared Mero deposit.

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