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Petrobras FPSO Cidade de São Vicente goes on stream in offshore megafield

18th February 2013

New Petrobras FPSO starts-up production of Sapinhoá Norte Early Production System (SPA) in pre-salt Santos Basin

Petrobras FPSO Cidade de São Vicente goes on stream in offshore megafield
The FPSO will work on exploratory well 3-BRSA-788-SPS (3-SPS-69) located in block BM-S-9, with a production of around 15,000 bpd of oil

Petrobras has announced that its FPSO Cidade de São Vicente went on stream last Tuesday, kicking off production of the Sapinhoá Norte Early Production System (SPA) in the pre-salt area of the Santos Basin.

The FPSO will work on exploratory well 3-BRSA-788-SPS (3-SPS-69), located in block BM-S-9, which is operated by Petrobras (45 per cent), in partnership with BG E&P Brasil (30 per cent) and Repsol Sinopec Brasil (25 per cent).

Production will be around 15,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil due to gas utilisation limitations and will be extended for a maximum period of six months, the Brazilian oil giant said. The platform is anchored at a water depth of 2,140 meters, 310 km off the coast. The produced oil is of medium density (30 API) and will be transported via relief tankers.

The Sapinhoá field development plan lays out two permanent systems – including SPA – composed of FPSOs Cidade de São Paulo, in production since January 5, 2013 and Cidade de Ilhabela, whose hull is in China and production plant modules are under construction in Brazil. This platform, which has a production capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil per day and 6,000,000 cubic meters of gas, is expected to go on stream in the second half of 2014.

The Sapinhoá field is one of Brazil’s biggest oil fields, with estimated total recoverable volumes of 2.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe). Commercial production at the field began four and a half years after it was discovered in July 2008.