The Brazilian Institute of the Environment (IBAMA) authorized Petrobras to start operating the FPSO Almirante Barroso – which is already moored in the Búzios field, in the Santos Basin. The license will be valid for eight years. The platform vessel was named in honor of the commander who led the victorious Brazilian naval force in the Naval Battle of Riachuelo, on the Paraná River, in 1865. The FPSO should start oil and gas production this quarter.
The vessel was converted in China, at the Cosco shipyard, from the hull of the oil tanker Eddie. Afterwards, the ship underwent commissioning activities at the BrasFELS shipyard, in Angra dos Reis (RJ). With the capacity to produce 150,000 barrels of oil per day and process 6 million m³ of gas per day, the FPSO Almirante Barroso will be connected to ten wells, which will form the 5th production module of the Búzios field. The platform also has a water injection capacity of 220,000 barrels of water per day.
Modec was responsible for the design, construction and will also be responsible for operating the platform. The Búzios field produces around 600,000 barrels of oil and 23 million m³ of natural gas daily. With the entry into operation of Almirante Barroso, the field should reach the mark of 33% of Petrobrás oil production in 2026.