Petrobras tenders another two FPSOs for Guara Norte, Cernambi fields offshore Brazil

Source: BG Group

BG Group and partners announced a tender process for the charter of two further Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels to be used in the full field development of the discoveries on blocks BM-S-9 and BM-S-11 in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.

The two latest FPSOs build upon the current production facility commitments. Each will have a production capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and approximately 212 million cubic feet of gas per day. The modules are being tendered for start-up in 2014. One FPSO will be allocated to the Guará Norte area on block BM-S-9 and the other to the southern area of the Cernambi field (formerly known as Iracema) on block BM-S-11.

To date, with the addition of these two new modules, a total of 13 FPSOs are being procured for the two blocks, which include the Carioca and Guará areas on BM-S-9 and, on BM-S-11, the Lula (formerly known as Tupi) and Cernambi fields as well as the Iara area. The first permanent 100,000 bopd FPSO is already in operation on the Lula field. Two 120,000 bopd FPSOs are due onstream on the Lula field and Guará area in 2013, and contracts for eight 150,000 bopd FPSO hulls were awarded in November 2010, with start-up expected between 2015 and 2017.

BG Group Chief Executive Frank Chapman said: "The development of our world-class interests in the Santos Basin continues apace. Production from the first FPSO is already underway, and a fleet of 12 further FPSOs presently underpins our substantial development plans."

BG Group has a 25% interest in the BM-S-11 concession (Petrobras S.A. 65% and operator, Petrogal 10%) and a 30% interest in the BM-S-9 concession (Petrobras S.A. 45% and operator, Repsol 25%).

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