Petrobras begins Chinook offshore production in deepwater GoM

FPSO BW Pioineer
Photo of BW Pioneeer courtesy of Petrobras

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Petrobras has started production from Chinook field in ultra deepwater Gulf of Mexico using the FPSO BW Pioneer. This is the first-ever use of an FPSO for production in the US GoM.

The vessel is in 2,500 m (8,202 ft) water depth 250 km (155 mi) offshore Louisiana and can process 80,000 b/d of oil and 1.76 MMcf/d of gas.

Oil will go ashore by shuttle tanker and the gas will pass through a pipeline.

Chinook is owned by Petrobras (66.67%) in partnership with Total Exploration Production USA Inc. (33.33%).

Click here to see a video description of the Cascade-Chinook development.



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