Petrobras (PBR) kicked-off production at the FPSO Capixaba, in the Cachalote field, Saturday, May 29, 2010. The FPSO Capixaba (Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading unit) is also connected to the Baleia Franca field, both located in the "Parque das Baleias" region, off the southern coast of Espírito Santo, in the Campos Basin.
The FPSO Capixaba is chartered to Petrobras by SBM, and previously operated in the Golfinho Field. To seize the opportunity to anticipate production at the Cachalote and Baleia Franca fields, the platform's process plant was adapted, making it feasible to install the rig in the Parque das Baleias.
The first well to produce is the 7-CHT-5HA-ESS, with an initial flow rate estimated at 22,000 barrels per day. By the end of the year, the platform is expected to be interconnected to a total of nine wells in the Cachalote and Baleia Franca fields. There will be three production and two injection wells in Cachalote, and three production wells - two of which in the pre-salt layer - and one injection well in Baleia Franca. Production is scheduled to peak in December 2010, at an expected volume of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
The FPSO Capixaba will have an oil processing capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil a day and a natural gas production capacity of 3.2 million cubic meters per day with a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels. Situated in waters measuring 1,480 meters deep, the FPSO will measure some 345 meters long and 127 meters wide and house up to 96 personnel.