FPSO

Brazil’S state-owned oil company Petrobras said its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, Cidade de São Vicente, commenced production at the Sapinhoá Norte early production system (SPA).

Located in block BM-S-9 in the pre-salt of Santos Basin in Brazil, the SPA began production through exploratory well 3-BRSA-788-SPS (3-SPS-69).

The field, which is expected to produce about 15,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), will be further extended for a maximum period of six months in view of restrictions in gas utilisation.

Situated at a water depth of 2,140m, 310km off the coast, the platform produced oil of medium density (30º API) and high-quality, which will be transported using relief tankers.

The Sapinhoá field development plan includes construction of two permanent systems comprising FPSOs, namely Cidade de São Paulo, which commenced production in January 2013, and Cidade de Ilhabela, whose hull is presently in China and production plant modules for which are being built in Brazil.

"Sapinhoá, considered to be one of the Brazil’s biggest oil fields, has an estimated total recoverable volume of 2.1 billion boe."

Cidade de Ilhabela, which can produce 6,000,000m³/of gas, is scheduled to go on stream in the second half of 2014, said Petrobras.

Sapinhoá, which is considered to be one of the Brazil’s biggest oil fields, has an estimated total recoverable volume of 2.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe).

Discovered in July 2008, the field began commercial production four and a half years later.

Petrobras holds 45% interest and operatorship in block BM-S-9, while other partners, BG E&P Brasil and Repsol Sinopec Brasil, hold 30% and 25% respectively.

Located in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 300km south-east of São Paulo, Brazil, the Santos Basin is a 352,260m² offshore bear trap pre-salt basin.

Major oil fields in the basin include Tupi and Jupiter, whereas the Sugar oil field is expected to contain 25 and 40 billion barrels of oil.


Image: The Norte field is expected to produce about 15,000bopd. Photo courtesy of Petrobras.

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