Petrobras starts up FPSO Cidade de Saquarema

Offshore staff

RIO DE JANEIRO Petrobras has started operations at the FPSO Cidade de Saquarema on the Lula field (Lula Central area) in the presalt layer of the Santos basin offshore Brazil.

The facility, the tenth major final production system operating in the presalt, is moored about 300 km (186 mi) offshore in a water depth of 2,120 m (6,955 ft). It has the capacity to produce 150,000 b/d of oil and compress up to 6 MMcm/d (212 MMcf/d) of gas.

The Lula Central project includes 18 wells, nine producing, four water or gas injectors, and five water injectors.

The FPSO will operate under a 20-year charter with Tupi BV as well as an operations contract with the BM-S-11 consortium.  The BM-S-11 block is under concession to a consortium comprised of Petrobras (65%), BG E&P Brasil Ltda - a Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary (25%), and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10%).

The FPSO Cidade de Saquarema is owned and operated by a joint venture owned by affiliated companies of SBM Offshore, Mitsubishi Corp., Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, and Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A.

In 3Q, Petrobras expects the FPSO Cidade de Caraguatatuba to start operations on the Lapa field in the Santos basin.


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The FPSO Cidade de Saquarema brings SBM Offshore’s Brazilian fleet total to seven FPSOs, with a total capacity of 870,000 b/d of oil. (Photo courtesy Petrobras)

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