Marlim is a producing heavy oil field located in deepwater in Brazil and is operated by Petroleo Brasileiro . The field is located in block MRL (Marlim), with water depth of 3,445 feet.

Two expansion projects are associated with the Marlim heavy oil field, namely Marlim Revitalization Module 1 and Marlim Revitalization Module 2. The expansion projects are currently in the construction stage, targeting start-up during 2023.

Field participation details

The field is owned by Petroleo Brasileiro.

Production from Marlim

The Marlim heavy oil field recovered 98.45% of its total recoverable reserves, with peak production in 2002. The peak production was approximately 585.93 thousand bpd of crude oil and condensate and 153 Mmcfd of natural gas. Based on economic assumptions, production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2025. The field currently accounts for approximately 1% of the country’s daily output.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 41.59 Mmboe, comprised of 40.71 Mmbbl of crude oil & condensate and 5.25 bcf of natural gas reserves. Marlim heavy oil field reserves accounts 0.10% of total remaining reserves of producing heavy oil fields globally.

Contractors involved in the Marlim heavy oil field

Some of the key contractors involved in the Marlim project as follows.

Main EPC: Aragon Energy and Mitsui E&S Holdings

Other Contractors: Baker Hughes , NOV, Palfinger , Shearwater GeoServices and Sumitomo

About Petroleo Brasileiro

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) is an integrated company specializing in the oil, natural gas and energy industry. Its major businesses include exploration and production, refining, marketing, trade and transportation of oil and gas. The company also conducts biofuel, natural gas, petrochemical, electricity and chemical businesses, and oil product distribution. It is a major crude oil producer and refiner in Brazil and the South American continent. It also participates in the domestic power market through investments in thermoelectric power plants and renewable energy. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Petrobras markets its products in North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Petrobras is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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