Marlim is a producing heavy oil field located in deepwater in Brazil and is operated by Petroleo Brasileiro. According to GlobalData, who tracks more than 34,000 active and developing oil and gas fields worldwide, the field is located in block MRL (Marlim), with water depth of 3,411 feet. Buy the profile here.

Two expansion projects are associated with the Marlim heavy oil field, namely the Marlim Revitalization Module 1 and the Marlim Revitalization Module 2. The expansion projects are currently in the commissioning 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 98.96% 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 153.00 Mmcfd of natural gas. Based on economic assumptions, production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2026. The field currently accounts for approximately 1% of the country’s daily output.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 27.81 Mmboe, comprised of 27.56 Mmbbl of crude oil & condensate and 1.49 bcf of natural gas reserves. Marlim heavy oil field reserves accounts 0.06% 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: Mitsui E&S Holdings and Aragon Energy

Other Contractors: Baker Hughes, NOV, Mitsui E&S Holdings, China COSCO Shipping and Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz

About Petroleo Brasileiro

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) is an integrated oil & gas company. 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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