The Libra consortium has commenced production from the second development phase of the Mero oilfield offshore Brazil.  

Located in the Libra block, the field is operated by Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras, which has a 38.6% stake. 

Petrobras’ partners in the project include TotalEnergies (19.3%), Shell Brasil (19.3%), China National Petroleum Corporation (9.65%), China National Offshore Oil Corporation (9.65%) and Pré-Sal Petróleo (3.5%). 

Libra is situated in the Santos basin at a depth of 1,900–2,100m, 150–180km south of Rio de Janeiro. 

The second phase, known as Mero-2, includes the Sepetiba FPSO unit with a capacity of 180,000bpd. 

The Sepetiba FPSO was sanctioned in June 2019 and is designed to achieve zero routine flaring, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

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The Mero field’s production capacity is expected to reach 410,000bpd with the addition of Mero-2, which is the field’s third production system. 

As per the announcement, construction of two more phases, Mero-3 and Mero-4, each with 180,000bpd of capacity, is under way. 

Mero-3 and Mero-4 are scheduled to commence operations by 2025. 

FPSO Guanabara, also referred to as Mero-1, achieved first production in April 2022.  

TotalEnergies chairman and CEOPatrick Pouyanné said: “The production start-up of Mero-2 is a new milestone for TotalEnergies in Brazil, a key growth area for the company. With its vast resources and world-class productivity, the Mero development delivers low-cost and low-emission oil production, in line with the strategy of our company.” 

Shell integrated gas and upstream director Zoë Yujnovich said: “The FPSO Sepetiba development leverages our world-class partnership with Petrobras and reinforces our presence in one of the most productive fields in Brazil. 

“This project aligns with Shell’s Powering Progress strategy and our commitment to leverage increasingly efficient and competitive developments in our heartlands to provide safe, secure energy supplies today and for decades to come.”