Seventh FPSO goes onstream in presalt Santos basin

Offshore staff

RIO DE JANEIROPetrobras has started operations at the FPSO Cidade de Maricá on the Lula field (Lula Alto area) in the presalt layer of the Santos basin.

The facility, the seventh production system in the presalt Santos region, is moored 270 km (168 mi) offshore in a water depth of 2,120 m (6,955 ft). It can produce up to 150,000 b/d of oil and 6 MMcm/d (212 MMcf/d) of gas.

Petrobras adds that the first four production systems, installed between 2010 and 2014, are operating almost at full capacity of 475,000 b/d, via 19 producing wells.

The three most recent platforms are delivering 205,000 b/d from seven producing wells.

Later this year Petrobras expects the FPSOs Cidade de Saquarema and Cidade de Caraguatatuba to start operating respectively in the Lula Central and Lapa areas in the BM-S-ILL concession.

Last Friday, the company activated the Route 2 pipeline, the second transportation route for gas from the presalt Santos basin.

The 401-km (249-mi) system is the longest subsea gas pipeline in operation in Brazil with capacity to transport 13 MMcm/d (459 MMcf/d) of gas.

Production heads to the gas treatment terminal at Cabiúnas in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro. Here processing capacity has been increased to 28.4 MMcm/d (1 bcf/d) to receive supplies from the Santos and Campos basins.

Route 2 will be connected to the Route 1 pipeline, which entered service in 2011, lifting total installed capacity for transportation of Santos basin presalt gas to 23 MMcm/d (812 MMcf/d).

This also allows oil production to be increased.


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